This "Ops Actions" page contains instructions for specifically assigned volunteers serving as
Section Captains, and
Please read this instructions, so you will be prepared to carry out your assignment on the day of the event. For questions regarding operations for the day, please see the leader for your role, or Ops Director, Lt. Byron Poe.
Section Leaders Section Leaders are responsible for:
Counting the number of headstones in the rows of the section making sure that they have enough wreaths to cover all the headstones in their section,
Collecting the boxes from the distribution points,
Making sure the correct number of boxes are stacked at the beginning of each row,
Wreaths are not being placed before the ceremony ends, and
Making sure that wreaths are placed with respect.
Please remember to be respectful as this is a memorial event.
Additional items to keep in mind:
Be familiar with the information provided on the "Volunteers" page of this web site.
There are nine wreaths per box, so take the number of headstones in each row, divide by nine, and that will determine the correct number of boxes to be placed at the beginning of each row.
Repeat this process for every row in the section you have been assigned.
If you find black plastic bags over headstones in your section, subtract that headstone from your row count. Those plastic bags indicate that someone else (usually a family member) has made arrangements to personally place a wreath on that headstone, during or after the day of the ceremony.
Once you have the number of boxes that each row will require, with the assistance of your Row Leaders, collect the boxes from your assigned distribution point and stack the boxes by the first headstone of the row.
Before the ceremony ends, make sure your Row Leaders head out and man their positions at the beginning of each row, so they are in place before the general public arrives.
Instruct the Row Leaders to open the boxes, and hand one wreath to each person, so they can proceed down the rows and place wreaths on headstones.
As the boxes are emptied, place them far enough away from the row that they don't interfere with the distribution of the wreaths.
As the section is filled, boxes are to be collapsed and stacked back at the point of distribution.
Section Captains Section Captains are responsible for:
Communications between the Section Leaders and the Ops Director.
Section Captains will relay information, such as the need for more boxes of wreaths, completion of the sections, and any other needs to be addressed.
Additional items to keep in mind:
Trucks and points of distribution will be marked on the cemetery map.
Volunteers will be stationed at the Committal Shelter A to hand out wreaths to family members that have previous sponsored wreaths for specific headstones.
Additionally, wreaths will be available (at $15 each) for family members that did not sponsor a wreath yet, but want to acquire one to be placed by them.
In the event that a family requests to place the wreath on a specific headstone, a black bag will be placed over that headstone as a way of marking it to be skipped during the row count and placement. The family will remove the bag and place the wreath.
At the top of this page, as map shows the location of trucks and the location of the Ops table.
Section Leaders and Ops Leaders will have orange armbands to help identify themselves; Section leaders will need to pick up their armband at the ops table.
Other Special Items
We need to provide and escort for Gold Star Ladies, as they place 60 wreaths for family members.
The Medal of Honor needs someone in uniform to take wreaths and to salute.
The Medal of Honor near train will be in civil war uniform, and they place their own wreaths on the headstones in this area.