Alabama National Cemetery
Montevallo , Alabama
Donate through American Legion Matthew Blount Post 555
The Executive Committee of Post 555, made a commitment several years ago to consolidate donations and forward them to the Blue Star Salute Foundation Inc. feeling that a larger contribution, while still acknowledging individual contributors and memorial designations, would follow the American Legion commitment to support Veterans and their families. That is the basis for the Triple Nickel program.
However, any donor can choose to join in the Post consolidated donation or to donate individually. We do not become involved with or handle individual donations; those must be handled directly with the BSSFI by the donor.
The Support Committee Alabama National Cemetery and Civil Air Patrol provide logistical support to the Blue Stare Salute Foundation, Inc. to schedule, plan and execute the WAA ceremony at the ALNC. They have no role in donation gathering or purchase of wreaths.
Dec. 19, 2020 is National Wreaths Across America Day. 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 2007 as an extension of The Arlington Wreath Project, with over 1,500 participating locations in all 50 states, and 24 national veteran cemeteries on foreign soil.
The Wreaths Across America program is a part of the Blue Star Salute Foundation Inc. not the Support Committee for the Alabama National Cemetery. The BSSFI is responsible for seeking and gathering donations from individuals and organizations to fund the annual purchase of wreaths to be placed at National Cemeteries. The purchase is made by BSSFI for the annual ceremony.
Any individual or organization may donate to purchase wreaths directly to the BSSFI. Forms are available to accomplish that if the donor so desires.
Remember. Honor. Teach.
In 2008, over 300 locations held wreath-laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veterans’ graves. Over 60,000 volunteers participated. And that year, December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the US Congress as “Wreaths Across America Day”.
In 2014, Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers laid over 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond, including ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, as well as Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites if the September 11 tragedies.
This was accomplished with help from 2,047 sponsorship groups, corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of helping hands. The organization's goal of covering Arlington National Cemetery was met in 2014 with the placement of 226,525 wreaths.
The wreath-laying is still held annually, on the second or third Saturday of December. WAA's annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery has become known as the world’s largest veterans’ parade, stopping at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to:
Remember our fallen U.S. Veterans,
Honor those who serve and
Teach your children the value of freedom.