It was a beautiful crisp clear day at the National Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY. A stiff breeze kept the flags flapping and everyone’s cheeks rosy!

National Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY,  Wreaths laid on Veterans Graves

National Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY, Wreaths laid on Veterans Graves

Harry Rathsam and the scouts of Troop 604 did an outstanding job of preparing the grounds for the Wreath ceremony. Starting about 9:30 am they placed over 2,000 wreaths on veterans’ graves throughout the cemetery.

At the appointed time Patriot Guard Riders formed a flag line along Flagstaff Drive, the road leading to the flagpole from the Administration Building. The Boy Scouts marched up flagstaff drive with veterans and Gold Star family members. As they passed, the PGR flag line fell in behind them and followed them in to Flagstaff Circle.

Harry Rathsam was a fabulous Master of Ceremonies and led the group through the Pledge of Allegiance, the setting of wreaths for each branch of the armed forces and POW/MIAs.

What was nicest was that it was a gathering of Americans, veterans and civilians alike, for one purpose. To honor those who served and laid down their lives in defense of our nation and our liberty. The were no speechs by politicians with flowery rhetoric, only folks who really cared about our troops past and present.

It was an honor to take part in this event and I look forward to doing it again next year.

Here is a map of the cemetery. The location of the ceremony was at the circle in the middle of Flagstaff Drive in the lower right of the image.


A few pictures are here, and more pictures as well as some short video clips which will be edited into a single clip are here.

The excellent final video.

Other reports from NY State:

Chemung County, Woodlawn National Cemetery 2

Chenango County, Guilford Center Cemetery 2(Video)

Tioga County Veterans Memorial 2 3

Saratoga County, G. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery

Steuben County, Bath National Cemetery 2

Suffolk County, Calverton National Cemetery 2

Westchester County, Kemper Memorial Park

For reports from other locations around the nation continue reading

First, the caravan leaving Harrington, Maine:

Foxboro, Maine (Video)

On the Road:

Patriot Guard Riders Escort

Walmart Truckers assist Wreaths Across America

Baylor Trucking assists Wreaths Across America

Pottie’s Transportation Assists Wreaths Across America 2

At Cemeteries and Memorials around the nation:

Arlington National Cemetery 2 3 4 5 6 7 BlackFive 9 10(Video) 11 12 13(Video) 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21(Video) 22(Video)

Fort Mitchell, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama (Video)

Anchorage, Alaska 2

Prescott, Arizona

Fayetteville, Arkansas 2 3 4(Video)

Little Rock, Arkansas

Igo, California

Newport Beach, California

Point Loma, California

Sacramento, California (Photo Set) 2 3 4 5

San Angelo, California

San Bruno, California

San Francisco, California

Sonoma, California

Denver, Colorado

Durango, Colorado

Fort Morgan, Colorado

Grand Junction, Colorado

Cheshire, Connecticut

East Hampton, Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut

Milford, Connecticut(Video) 2(Video)

Norwalk, Connecticut

Norwich, Connecticut

Bushnell, Florida

Lake City, Florida

Pensacola, Florida 2 3

St. Augustine, Florida

?, Georgia

Canton, Georgia 2 3

Fort Stewart, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Idaho Falls, Idaho (Video)

Mountain Home, Idaho

Bloomington, Illinois

Marseilles, Illinois 2

Peoria, Illinois 2 3(Video) 4(Video) 5(Video)

Quincy, Illinois (Video)

Rock Island, Illinois

Des Moines, Iowa

Eldon, Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Keokuk, Iowa (Video) 2

Fort Dodge, Kansas

Lansing, Kansas

Louisburg, Kansas

Winfield, Kansas 2 3(Video)

Witchita, Kansas

Radcliff, Kentucky

Somerset, Kentucky

Williamstown, Kentucky

Port Hudson, Louisiana (Video)

Shreveport, Louisiana

Kennebunk, Maine (Video)

Wells, Maine

Baltimore, Maryland

Cheltenham, Maryland

Cumberland Gap, Maryland

Hurlock, Maryland

Marriottsville, Maryland

Augusta, Michigan

Battle Creek, Michigan

Holly, Michigan (Video)

Livingston County, Michigan

Monroe, Michigan

Port Huron, Michigan 2

St. Clair County, Michigan

Bemidji, Minnesota 2

Fort Snelling, Minnesota 2 3(Video)

Little Falls, Minnesota (Video)

Bloomfield, Missouri

Jacksonville, Missouri

Jefferson City, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri 2(Video)

Warrentown, Missouri 2

Webb City, Missouri 2

Missoula, Montana 2 3

Grand Island, Nebraska 2

Omaha, Nebraska (Video)

Panaca, Nevada

Pender, Nebraska (Video)

Fernley, Nevada (Videos) 2

Derry, New Hampshire

Beverly, New Jersey (Video)

Maple Shade, New Jersey

Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey

Salem County, New Jersey

Bath, New York 2

Calverton, New York 2

Elmira, New York 2

Farmingdale, New York 2 3 4(Video)

Mamaroneck, New York

Owego, New York 2 3

Schuylerville, New York

Jacksonville, North Carolina 2(Video)

Salisbury, North Carolina 2

Willmington, North Carolina

Bismark, North Dakota (Video)

Mandan, North Dakota (Video) 2 3 4 5(Video)

Dayton, Ohio (Video) 2(Video) 3(Video) 4

Monroe, Ohio

Sandusky, Ohio

Wapakoneta, Ohio

Duncan, Oklahoma

Enid, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Roseburg, Oregon

Annville, Pennsylvania

Bridgeville, Pennsylvania 2

Cecil Township, Pennsylvania 2

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scranton, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Exeter, Rhode Island 2

Warwick, Rhode Island

Beaufort, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina (video)

Hot Springs, South Dakota

Sturgis, South Dakota 2

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Greeneville, Tennessee 2

Knoxville, Tennessee 2

Mountain Home, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas 2 3

Decatur, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Houston, Texas 2 3(Video) 4(Video) 5 6 7 8(Video) 9 10

Lockney, Texas

Lubbock, Texas (Video)

San Angelo, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Tomball, Texas

Barre, Vermont

Culpeper, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Lynchburg, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Winchester, Virginia

Yakima, Washington

Charleston, West Virginia (Video) 2

Lincoln County, West Virginia

Plover, Wisconsin

Wheatland, Wyoming

Other Wreath Projects:

National Wreath Project – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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