Interfaith Work

Wreaths Across America 2013

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Media Contacts:

Amber Caron Florence Edwards-Miller
Kemp Goldberg Partners Communications Coordinator, Circle Sanctuary
207-773-0700, ext. 235 608-924-2216

Wreaths Across America Honoring American Heroes with Remembrance Wreaths at Circle Sanctuary

Barneveld Area Wreath-Laying Ceremony to Commemorate Veterans on National Wreaths Across America Day

BARNEVELD, Wisconsin & COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — December 2, 2013 — Circle Cemetery at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve, near Barneveld, Wisconsin is proud to announce that it will be taking part in Wreaths Across America this year.  Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, is working hard to fulfill its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. On Saturday, December 14, National Wreaths Across America Day, remembrance wreaths will be placed at the grave markers of deceased veterans at more than 900 locations across the nation and overseas, including on Veterans Ridge at Circle Cemetery.  A public interfaith remembrance ceremony will be held at Circle Cemetery this day to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country are not, and never will be, forgotten.

Those unable to participate in the wreath-laying ceremony are invited to visit the WAA website and social media channels to follow the organization and sponsor a wreath. Supporters are encouraged to honor a veteran or active military member by visiting the WAA “Honor Wall” on its official Facebook page and contributing personal stories, posting photos and sharing with family and friends. 

"We are glad to become a part of Wreaths Across America," said Circle Cemetery Director, Selena Fox, "An important part of the work of Circle Cemetery always has been to honor our veterans, and we are pleased to become a part of this nationwide program.  We are also pleased that Circle Cemetery has become the first green cemetery to be a participating location in Wreaths Across America."

The interreligious wreath laying ceremony will take place at Noon at Circle Cemetery, during which ten wreaths will be laid at the grave markers for the ten U.S. military veterans with grave sites at Circle Cemetery.  This ceremony will be a part of Circle Sanctuary's 'Happy Holidays' Interfaith Open House, from Noon to 4pm on December 14th.  In addition to hosting the wreath laying and open house, Circle Sanctuary is part of Wisconsin's annual Interfaith Awareness Week, including hosting a display in the Wisconsin State Capitol building on the week of December 9, and Rev. Selena Fox will be among the speakers during the Capitol Celebration program at Noon in the Capitol Rotunda on December 13.  Those interested in taking part in the wreath laying or interfaith events are encouraged to visit for more details and to RSVP: 608-924-2216;

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About Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. The organization’s mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit

About Circle Sanctuary

Circle Sanctuary is a non-profit international Nature Spirituality resource center and church. Founded in 1974, Circle Sanctuary helps people from many spiritual orientations connect with each other as well as with the spiritual dimensions of Nature.  Circe Sanctuary Nature Preserve, established in 1983, is located in eastern Iowa County, 25 miles west of Madison, Wisconsin.  Its 200 acres includes hardwood forest, wetlands, restored prairie, and a remnant of Wisconsin’s original oak savannah prairie. Circle Cemetery, located within Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve, is the first green cemetery in Wisconsin and one of the first in the USA. More info: