Community Press Release – DAR Wreaths Across America

Local Wreaths Across America Sponsorship Group to Host a National Wreaths Across America Day Ceremony

Three Oaks, MI – September 13, 2021

Rebecca Dewey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is fundraising to support Wreaths Across America, specifically to earn sponsorships for veterans’ wreaths to be placed at Shedd Cemetery in Three Oaks Township, MI and Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI on National Wreaths Across America Day – Saturday, December 18, 2021. 

The goal of the Rebecca Dewey Chapter NSDAR is to raise awareness and wreath sponsorships to be placed on 40 or more headstones to honor as many veterans as possible at Fort Custer National Cemetery.  Our chapter is one of eight fundraising groups for Fort Custer National Cemetery where 35,001 veterans are laid to rest.  Each wreath sponsorship costs $15, with $5 going to the local sponsorship group.

Rebecca Dewey Chapter NSDAR is also seeking wreath sponsorships to be placed on 8 veteran headstones at Shedd Cemetery.  Our chapter is the only group sponsoring this location and will be holding a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday, December 18, 2021.  Each wreath sponsorship costs $15 and for every two wreaths sponsored, a third wreath will be matched by Wreaths Across America for free to Shedd Cemetery.  In the event our sponsorship goal of 8 is achieved, any additional wreaths purchased will be placed at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

You can sponsor a wreath for Fort Custer National Cemetery for $15 online at

You can sponsor a wreath for Shedd Cemetery for $15 online at  Each sponsorship goes toward a fresh balsam veteran’s wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero as we endeavor to honor all veterans laid to rest at Fort Custer National Cemetery and Shedd Cemetery this December. 

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 at more than 2,500 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and overseas. Volunteer Location Contact: Sandy Wilhoit, 269/462-3982

About the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Rebecca Dewey Chapter:

Chapter History – The Rebecca Dewey Chapter, NSDAR, Three Oaks, Michigan, was organized July 9, 1909, with a membership of seventeen.  It was chartered December 21, 1909, with fourteen members.  Since Three Oaks had secured the Dewey Cannon at the close of the Spanish-American War, it was decided to name the Chapter after Admiral Dewey’s great grandmother.  Rebecca Dewey Chapter NSDAR currently has 30 Members.

Dewey Cannon – This cannon, captured in the Spanish-American War by Admiral Dewey, was presented to Three Oaks when its citizens raised $1,400 for a memorial to the men of the battleship Maine. This was the largest contribution, per capita, of any community in the nation. “Three Oaks Against the World,” a local paper proudly boasted. This park was dedicated October 17, 1899, by President William McKinley, and others. Presentation of the cannon took place on June 28, 1900. Guest of honor was Helen Miller Gould, called the Spanish-American War’s “Florence Nightingale.” Thousands of people were in attendance on each occasion.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Rebecca Dewey Chapter
Contact: Kathleen Avery Alton, Chapter Regent
Three Oaks, MI 49128
Historic Marker “The Dewey Cannon”, Three Oaks, MI
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