Honoring Our Veterans


Since Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11, with official observance on Monday, November 12, local chapters can and should take advantage of the resources around them.

Wreaths Across America

To give a brief overview of the state service project, Michigan BPA teamed up with a national organization called “Wreaths Across America” to recognize the work of deceased veterans by volunteering at wreath-laying ceremonies across the state this holiday season.

To get involved, your students will need to locate a nearby participating cemetery here. Afterward, they can sign up here by clicking the menu on the top-right side of the screen and filling out the “volunteer to” form. Upon the completion of the form, “Wreaths Across America” will contact you about the opportunities in your area.

This year, the statewide wreath laying ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 15. Even if your chapter is unable to participate on this date, it can still fundraise or volunteer at any other veterans facility. We are not limiting the project to one organization this year, so anything from veterans home to VA hospital will count towards your chapter’s State Service Project hours. The raised funds should be mailed to the state office (208 King Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197), which will be presented to “Wreaths Across America” as a donation at the state leadership conference. It is important to keep a record of volunteer hours and fundraised amounts, for your chapter can apply for the State Service Project Award.

Chapter members will need to go to the links above and sign up to volunteer. The program is already set up for our members to simply volunteer on December 15 and other dates.

More information on Wreaths Across America:
Deb Rakoczy, rakoczy.deborah@sbcglobal.net

Great Lakes National Cemetery

Great Lakes National Cemetery is holding a Veterans Day ceremony on November 11. Located in Holly, Michigan, the cemetery is looking for volunteers to set up the stage and assist the attendees. Simply contact the cemetery asking about volunteer spots using the email below! Please contact Gina Lacroix at gmlacroix02@aol.com.

VA Hospitals

The VA hospital is always open for high school volunteers. Each one offers different volunteering opportunities; however, the hospital is always a great way to acquire volunteer hours. Contact the VA hospital in your vicinity to get more specific Veterans Day opportunities or schedule an event!

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to check out the links below or contact a state officer.

Link to state service project: www.michiganbpa.org/state-service-project/

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Maurice S. Henderson