ARLINGTON, Va. — Volunteers from the Savannah State University National Alumni Association Washington DC Chapter were among the more than 44,000 volunteers who turned out in the icy, cold and rainy weather conditions to help lay 245,000 wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on December 17, during the Wreaths Across America remembrance event.
Low temperatures, sleet and freezing rain caused the program organizers to cancel the pening ceremony for the event, but the conditions did not stop the volunteers who placed the more than 400 truckloads of wreaths that were transported from across the country by volunteer drivers using donated trucking and diesel.
2016 marked the 25th year that wreaths have been placed by volunteers at Arlington National Cemetery. The program grew to be a nationwide event to honor and remember fallen veterans and their service. In 1992, Morrill Worcester , a wreath maker from Maine, had 5,000 extra wreaths, and decided to bring them to Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen veterans. Worcester brought 5,000 wreaths to Arlington without any fanfare for 13 years, but in 2007 the not-for-profit organization, Wreaths Across America was formed. This year, according to Wreaths Across America, volunteers conducted wreath-laying ceremonies and placed 1.2 million remembrance wreaths at 1,228 veterans cemeteries and various other locations in all 50 states.
The theme for this year’s event was #SayTheirNames. This year after placing a wreath, volunteers were encouraged to pause to read the headstone and to say the veteran’s name out loud to honor the memory of that military member.
WASHINGTON — Members of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association Washington, DC, Chapter will participate in the annual Wreaths Across America program, an event that aims to place 500,000 wreaths on veterans’ graves this year. The SSUNAA will be part of a larger group of capital-area alumni associations, corporate groups, and individual volunteers that are laying wreaths on grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 17. For more information about the event visit dcchapter.ssunaa.org.
NORFOLK, Va. — On Jan. 8, the Savannah State University National Alumni Association Hampton Roads Chapter contributed dictionaries to a second grade class at Campostella Elementary School in Norfolk, Va.
Campostella Elementary is the Science, Technology, Pre-Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) for the Norfolk Public School System which works to increase early student value and awareness in S.T.E.M. areas while preparing them with 21st Century skills necessary to meet the future demands of a globally competitive workforce.
The Savannah State University National Alumni Association Hampton Roads Chapter was chartered by the Savannah State University National Alumni Association in October 2012 to provide a local organization for SSUNAA members in Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. The primary purpose is to promote the welfare of Savannah State University and to assist in advancing the mission and the goals of the university’s administration as we meaningfully engage and support Savannah State University and its alumni community.