Horton Wreath Society

Albert G. Horton Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery Wreath Society
Remember the Sacrifices, Respect Our Veterans, 
Educate Future Generations


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WOW 2014 was a Huge Success

Posted by Gaby Morrison on December 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (2)


Hampton Roads Military and Civilian Community's did not disappoint!

Thanks to the all the Volunteers who worked tirelessly Wed, Off-loading Wreaths, Thursday, Staging and Fluffing Wreaths, and Saturday during the Main Annual Wreath Laying 2014 Event!

We had over 3,000 People and the spirit of giving and Honor and Respect was limitless!

Young and Old, Veteran and Civilian, Active Duty, Retired, Military and Fraternal Organizations, Youth Groups, Scouts, Everyone truly did an AWESOME Job.

From Grey Headstones to green live greenery glistening through the Cemetery.

Thank you to Dan and his great Staff, to the HWS Board for working year long to make this event such a huge success and thanks to all the HWS Volunteers, who have given time their hearts to make sure our fallen hero's, our veterans are remembered this time each year!

Each year Christmas starts with this event, to see the human spirit in its finest form.

Thank you Everyone!


Gaby Morrison

PAO Horton Wreath Society!

retired Marine Donald Ross

Posted by Gaby Morrison on November 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Thank you for your service to our Country and to our great cause!

As We Grow Spammers

Posted by Gaby Morrison on November 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to the website, suddenly we have been hit with spammers, and its a small incident, please report any subscriber to [email protected] that has sent inappropriate messages, currently more strigent requirements have been implemented to resolve this from happening again. 

Gaby Morrison

Webmaster/Public Affairs Officer HWS

HWS is changing

Posted by Gaby Morrison on July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

In case your wondering there are some changes coming to the website as well as the Annual Event.

Currently there are new titles up top of the listing but the pages aren't done, be patient we are working hard to put thing in place. The Horton Wreath Society is now an Official Non-Profit Organization and with that and magnitude of the Annual event we are in DIRE NEED of Volunteers. We work on preparation for our Annual Event Year long, Additonally on our "About Us" page we will be placing a downloadable copy of our Monthly Minutes and our flyer that can be downloaded and used to fund raise for the Horton Wreath Society. Please remember to check with our Board Members if you have any questions concerning fund raising and use of our flyers. Remember 100% of our donations go towards the purchase of our wreaths for the Annual Wreath Laying Event! Looking forward to seeing new faces at our monthly meetings.


Gaby Morrison

PAO/Webmaster Horton Wreath Society:)

Your Corner Wendy Billue (Her Article)

Posted by Gaby Morrison on July 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Ever Growing Commitment

The Horton Wreath Society membership generally gathers on the last Saturday of the month at the Reception Center at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery on Milner’s Road between Everett’s Road and Lake Prince. The Horton Wreath Society is organized exclusively for raising funds to purchase evergreen wreaths to be placed on Veterans’ graves at the Cemetery annually on the 2nd Saturday of December. Modeled after the program at Arlington National Cemetery, this was the brainchild of Suffolk resident Jeanne Banks when the cemetery opened in 2004. While there are a few Suffolk residents participating in the Society, the bulk of the members travel from Virginia Beach for these monthly meetings. There are numerous military connections through WAVES, Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and the Civil Air Patrol to name a few.


What was originally 250 headstones in a single corner of the cemetery, is now projected to be 5200 gravesites for this year’s ceremony on December 14. With a base price of $8 per wreath, one can fathom what a mammoth undertaking this has now become. Fund-raising has become a year-round process, and thanks to recent approval by the IRS, the Horton Wreath Society is now a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. For several more years about 800+ gravesites will be added annually as the veterans from WWII and Korea are buried.


Dan Kemano is the cemetery administrator. He is also responsible for Virginia’s other Veteran’s Cemeteries in Dublin and Amelia as well. Dan is grateful for the Wreath Society’s efforts and hopes to see similar organizations established at the other locations. Currently, Dan is overseeing the installation of more than 4000 pre-engineered outer burial containers, which will become available this fall in a new section of this growing cemetery. These outer burial containers will be available at no charge for veterans and their spouses. This is a considerable savings for grieving families.


Besides the fund-raising efforts, the Horton Wreath Society plans the annual wreath-laying event and dedication ceremony. This entails escorts, a fly-over, guest speakers, special music and a myriad of associated details including wreath delivery and fluffing, parking, signage, refreshments and much more. Originally, a group of 20 people could fairly easily orchestrate this endeavor. Now the Society is in need of more volunteers willing and able to take on leadership positions for a dozen sub-committees. Society President John Tutunjian is working all the angles to elicit more local support; TV, radio, and internet to name a few. “We know there are Suffolk folks who could help anchor this effort for the future. Founder Jeanne Banks had a vision, and her annual poem and recitation at the dedication ceremony is always moving. But we need some nuts and bolts folks who can take on an assignment and see it through”.


If you have some free time and a desire to give back, this might be a perfect fit. Check out the website at www.hortonwreathsociety.webs.com/ and let someone know you’d like to help!

Her article can be found here:


Thank you Wendy!

Thank You - Anne Atkins

Posted by Gaby Morrison on November 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (1)

The Horton Wreath Society would like to give a very big Thank You for Anne Atkins, the Director of Communications at the Virginia Department of Veterans Services for all her support the past few years. She has issued many great press releases in support and given some really great advice and guidance.


Jeanne Banks - A Final Thank You

Posted by Gaby Morrison on January 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)


January 21, 2012 Jeanne Bank resigned as Chairman/President of the Horton Wreath Society.

This is a letter to Everyone, a Final Thank You from Jeanne Banks:


I am definitely a product of my generation!

As a little girl during World War II, I learned a lot about being patriotic, and respect for the flag and the military. Between church, home and school it was a never ending class. My Dad worked in the Navy yard, and I saw ships on the Elizabeth river almost every day. Both my brothers served the military, one Navy, one Army. It was no surprise when John decided to join the Army during Vietnam. He became the third generation of Banks to serve, and then our son and daughter also service, becoming the fourth generation to serve the country.

 After seeing a report about Wreaths being laid at Arlington Cemetery, I went to Albert G. Horton cemetery here in Suffolk, to see if wreaths were placed there, and they were not. In January 2008, I made an appointment to visit the Director, Dan Kemano, and talked with him about getting Wreaths the next year.

I knew I needed a some one with bank connections, and asked Gail Williams at Sun Trust Bank here in Suffolk, to become part of the group. I also needed a florist connection, and Ray Bennett, of Ray's Florist to join. Then, my friends, Donna Eby, and Marion Ritter, and my daughter, Sarah Bowen came on board, and we had a committee.

Dan had met the Tidewater Tidal WAVES Unit 152, and they expressed interest in The Wreaths Across America, and he suggested that we get together and see what could be done.

Over the past 4 years it has been a real pleasure to see, how the response has been. From golf carts, warehouses, color guard, muscians, chaplains, bank tellers, speaker systems, scouts, and all who have worked and helped to make The Horton Wreath Society a success.

I  have written over 1,000 thank you notes to generous people in the area who have contributed to honor the Veterans.

It is with great sadness, I leave the Horton Wreath Society, but my heart will always be at Horton honoring the Veterans who gave for my freedom.

Jeanne Banks