Dominion Energy Provides Logistical and Volunteer Support to Wreaths Across America Day
Wreaths laid at Arlington National Cemetary

On Wreaths Across America Day December 18, 2021, about 300 Dominion Energy employees will help lead the mission to remember and honor fallen U.S. service members by laying wreaths on their graves at Arlington National Cemetery and other national cemeteries around the nation.

For 15 years Dominion Energy has provided major logistic and volunteer support to the project.  Longtime employees Marty O’Baker and Michael Jewth lead the company’s effort.

“We plan this for several months leading up to the day of wreath-laying. We’re there to support Wreaths Across America, to make sure the mission gets completed every year,” said O’Baker.   “Also, our Veterans Resource Group signs up volunteers in other states where we operate so that they can lay wreaths at those cemeteries as well.”

Wreaths Across America now coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 1,400 locations in all 50 states, and at overseas cemeteries – such as Normandy, France – where American service men and women have been laid to rest. The organization’s mission is to Remember, Honor, Teach: to remember those who have served and died, to honor our living veterans and to spread this knowledge and awareness among tomorrow’s leaders.

On WAA Day at Arlington, Dominion Energy provides at least ten volunteers to ten trucks. They unload the boxes of wreaths and hand the wreaths to volunteers who will lay them at each of the approximately 250,000 gravesites.  

“Once all the wreaths are laid, it’s a beautiful site, simply breathtaking,” said O’Baker.

To learn how WAA began and grew, watch, or listen to Actions Speak Louder—Wreaths Across America.