Dinwiddie JROTC cadets will host ‘Wreaths Across America’ event at Poplar Grove National Cemetery
DINWIDDIE — On Saturday, Dec. 15, Dinwiddie High School’s JROTC cadets will host “Wreaths Across America” at Poplar Grove National Cemetery. The public is invited to join the cadets at 12 p.m. as they, through the laying of wreaths, remember and honor American soldiers who died defending this nation.
How to Participate
You can be part of this event by sponsoring a wreath and/or by volunteering to lay wreaths. Every wreath sponsored will help support the Dinwiddie High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. The JROTC motivates young people to become better citizens by teaching them leadership, teamwork and personal responsibility. It also stresses the importance of providing public service. To become a sponsor, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/VA0431P. To sign up as a volunteer, go to www. wreathsacrossamerica.org/ VAPGNC. The online sponsorship deadline is December 3. To learn more, please contact Dawn Cater at [email protected] dcpsnet.org.
If you go
Poplar Grove National Cemetery is located at 8005 Vaughan Road in Dinwiddie County. The cemetery was established in 1866. Prior to the Civil War, the land where the cemetery now exists, belonged to Reverend Thomas B. Flowers. During the Civil War, the future cemetery grounds were used as a campground by the 50th New York Engineers during the Siege of Petersburg. Today, there are close to 6,200 soldiers buried in the cemetery, however only 2,139 have been positively identified. Poplar Grove is a component of Petersburg National Battlefield, which was created in order to commemorate the campaign and siege and defense of Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864 and 1865. Petersburg National Battlefield has a Facebook page and can be followed on Twitter @PetersburgNPS .
In this 2017 National Parks Service photo taken at the Wreaths Across America event at Poplar Grove National Cemetery in Dinwiddie County, wreaths are placed against the gravestones of Civil War soldiers.