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CAP seeks nominations for vets to place wreaths

The Bismarck Squadron Civil Air Patrol will facilitate this year’s Wreaths Across America event at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery on Dec. 15 starting at 11 a.m. The event will culminate with adorning all gravesites – over 6,600 - with a holiday wreath. The event will occur simultaneously with over 1,000 other ceremonies at locations in the United States and beyond, and will be highlighted by the placement of military service ceremonial wreaths by veterans of each respective service. CAP is seeking nominations from the community for veterans from each service to place these ceremonial wreaths as part of the WAA event program.

The ceremonial wreath presenters will be selected via a random drawing based on online nominations. Anyone can nominate a veteran to place a wreath on behalf of their service, as well as for those service members still listed as a Prisoner of War or Missing in Action. Nominations can be made by going to and selecting the link to nominate a veteran. Anyone in the community can nominate a veteran, and veterans can nominate themselves.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 7. Those selected will be contacted shortly afterward.

Attendees properly attired for winter weather are welcome to attend the event and help place the gravesite wreaths afterward. This will be the fifth year in a row that Bismarck CAP, with the support of the community, was able to sponsor a wreath for every gravesite.

Limited room will be available inside the Chapel building, but that area is set aside for those especially sensitive to being outside in the cold for long periods. While the event will start promptly at 11 a.m., attendees are encouraged to show up in time to park and make their way up to the event location next to the chapel.  

The wreaths are delivered to participating WAA sites by trucking companies from across the nation at no charge. Britton Trucking out of Grand Forks delivers the wreaths to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.