Wreaths Across America

Remember the fallen; Honor those who serve; Teach our children the value of freedom.

If you have questions, please call Washington Wing Headquarters at (253) 982-7774 or email wawa@wawg.cap.gov. 

WAWG CAP Units: If your unit would like to register, please contact wawa@wawg.cap.gov to see whether you already have an established fundraising account with WAA - HQ.

Thank you for joining us for Wreaths Across America 2017.

There were an estimated 1,200 people in attendance this year!

We will see you in 2018 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash!

Left: Colonel Rebecca J. Sonkiss, USAF, Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, meets with CAP 2d Lt Dennis W. Smith of Renton Composite Squadron, and thanks him for his service to the United States. (WA Wing CAP Photo).

Top Right: The Air Force Memorial at Wreaths Across America 2017 (WA Wing CAP Photo).

Bottom Right: Noncommissioned officers from the United States Marine Corps render a 21-gun salute for Wreaths Across America at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA (WA Wing CAP Photo).

Civil Air Patrol Members To Honor Fallen Service Members at Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony

September 29, 2017

McChord Field -- Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Washington Wing invite the public to sponsor remembrance wreaths for placement on the graves of veterans at Tahoma National Cemetery (Kent, Wash.) on December 16, to honor those who served the U.S. as well as current military members. Sponsors can even designate where the wreaths will be laid in the local community.

The wing’s efforts coincide with Wreaths Across America tributes occurring simultaneously across the nation, including Arlington National Cemetery, where the initiative began 22 years ago with the placement of 5,000 wreaths donated by Morrell Worcester, owner of Harrington, Maine’s Worcester Wreath Co. In 2006, Worcester and his family formed Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit initiative that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the year end holiday season.

As a major partner in Wreaths Across America for seven Decembers now, CAP has adorned memorials and veterans’ graves with evergreen wreaths to make sure the sacrifices of the nation’s soldiers are not forgotten. Last year, members of the public sponsored the placement of more than 325,000 wreaths at 700-plus cemetery or memorial sites across the U.S. and abroad. More than 600 CAP squadrons participated in last year’s Wreaths Across America ceremonies, in which wreaths were placed at cemeteries and memorials in all 50 states, as well as 20 locations overseas. 

Tahoma National Remembrance Ceremony 

  • Keynote Speaker: Colonel Rebecca Sonkiss, USAF, 62nd Airlift Wing Commander, McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • Active duty, reserve, or guard military personnel representing each honored branch: 
  • Gold Star Mothers 
  • USMC Rifle team - 21 gun salute
  • Bugler - Taps
  • Kentridge High School Choir - National Anthem, more
  • Patriot Guard Riders
  • Civil Air Patrol Color Guard and Wreath Bearers
  • Free Hot Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Pastries from the Starbucks Armed Forces Network

Wreaths Across America ceremonies are conducted largely by CAP wings and squadrons with the help of veterans’ organizations; private citizens; the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C., which annually assists with the laying of wreaths at Arlington; and the Patriot Guard Riders.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.


Locally, Washington volunteers operate a fleet of 23 vehicles and 14 aircraft (Cessna 172s, 182s, and a 206, as well as 2 Blanik gliders) for inland search and rescue missions and cadet orientation flight instruction. The wing is comprised of 744 adult members (ages 18+) and 626 cadets (ages 12-21), organized into 27 squadrons, who contributed a value of $4.9 million in volunteer hours to their local communities and the citizens of Washington in 2016. Visit www.wawgcap.org for more information.