Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Aleli Parlor Serves Local Veterans Cemetery

On a sunny Saturday morning in early January, sisters Carolyn Sanders, Kari Sanders, Laura Lawrence, and Rosemary Perez gathered with other family members at one of the newest veterans’ cemeteries in the United States to take down holiday wreaths, sweep up the grounds, and haul away waste.

The members of Aleli Parlor had volunteered to remove the wreaths at California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery, which opened in 2018 on the former Fort Ord in Seaside. This was part of our collective mission as Native Daughters to better the quality of life through active participation in community service. As an organization, Native Daughters of the Golden West joins in various projects throughout the state that help our veterans. However, smaller parlors may have a difficult time getting sisters to “actively” participate in community service. 

Over the years, Aleli Parlor has donated their coin march funds to various causes during the year, but has struggled to commit to community service projects. We have purchased pine trees through the USFS Penny Pines Program. We have donated to our local food bank. In November, Aleli Parlor voted to use their coin march funds to purchase wreaths through Wreaths Across America and selected the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery to receive the wreaths Aleli Parlor sponsored. This year, we did more than just donate funds—we added a community service project to the donation.

National Wreaths Across America Day is a day that has been set aside annually in December to lay wreaths at veterans’ cemeteries, monuments, and parks. It is a movement to cover all veterans’ grave markers with a Christmas wreath at more than 1,600 locations. California is home to nine Veterans Administration national cemeteries and seven state veterans’ cemeteries. In addition to sponsoring the wreaths, many organizations volunteer to lay the wreaths at the sites or to remove the wreaths after the holidays.

This year, Wreaths Across America Day is December 19, 2020. We encourage you to donate to Wreaths Across America (click here) and volunteer to lay the wreaths or remove them after the holidays at a cemetery near you.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Help Aleli Parlor Sponsor Wreaths Across America

REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

On Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM, Native Daughters of the Golden West Aleli Parlor No. 102 will be helping California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC) to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes. Please help us honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths. Wreaths can be sponsored for $15 each. You can sponsor a wreath on behalf of Aleli Parlor by clicking here. The deadline to sponsor a wreath is December 2, 2019.

What does it mean to sponsor a wreath? It means you’ll honor an American hero at one of more than 1,200 locations nationwide this year on Wreaths Across America Day. It’s a day that’s been set aside to lay wreaths at the places where we remember, honor and teach about our veterans: cemeteries, monuments, parks… Anywhere we can pay tribute to their sacrifices. We have selected CCCVC to receive the wreaths Aleli Parlor sponsors. You can also choose another location.
The wreaths are hand-crafted of all-American balsam and hand-tied with a red velvet bow in Columbia Falls, Maine. It will then be sent to the location you choose, where a volunteer will place it on the marker of a fallen hero. That volunteer will then “say their name” to ensure that the legacy of duty, service and sacrifice of that veteran is never forgotten. 

Aleli Parlor is proud to have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans. Thank you so much for supporting the Native Daughters of the Golden West Aleli Parlor No. 102 (CA536) and Wreaths Across America!