Soldiers Home Restoration Ride – 3rd Annual
We still have Challenge Coins from last year and to help move our inventory, this coin is included in the purchase price of your ticket! Click here to get yours!
Memorial Day Cleanup –
Helpful Tools Requested: Yard rakes, gas powered trimmers, gas powered brush trimmers, grass clippers, shrubbery shears/pruners, work gloves, kneepads, wheel barrels, yard carts, etc.
By providing volunteer manpower to assist in the general maintenance and clean up of this veterans cemetery just prior to Memorial Day, we can help insure that as many gravesites as possible will be presented in an honorable state for one of our nation’s most hallowed holidays.
Breakfast and Lunch Provided
The Auburn Noon Lions Club will provide a pancake breakfast to get you started in the morning and a picnic with hamburgers, hotdogs, salads and drinks immediately after the work is done.
Both meals free of charge to all who work on this worthy project.
This is a rain or shine project with all volunteers welcome.
Hosted by Tahoma Riders Motorcycle Club, Auburn Noon Lions Club and Restore America Club.
Wreaths Across America – 2nd Annual event
Beautification / Clean-up – 2017
Help us honor the final resting place of some amazing veterans. The Washington State Soldiers Home Cemetery in Orting is the first state soldiers cemetery and was established in 1930. The cemetery had 2,265 total sites that consist of 1,632 upright markers and 633 flat markers. The cemetery is 4.75 acres and unfortunately it is in very bad shape. The cemetery is the final resting place of veterans from all over the United States. Veterans who served in the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War! Among these veterans there are also 4 Medal of Honor recipients who are buried here.
My family has visited this cemetery twice a year since 2005 on Memorial Day and Independence Day to pay respect to those who have served before us and sacrificed so much so we can enjoy the liberties and freedoms we have today. However, my question is what makes these veterans any less worthy than those in a national cemetery?
There are headstones trapped in trees, headstones that you can’t read because a tree has engulfed them or is directly in front of them, headstones that are sunk into the ground, misaligned, or simply so badly cared for that they are literally blank.
The purpose of this fundraising effort is to completely restore the cemetery, replace headstones, remove trees, completely realign and implement an anchoring system so they won’t shift again. This project is a pretty big one but I have been inspired to take this on, I have seen the way our communities have come together on the clean up projects we have done. Please consider contributing to help us honor the final resting place of these American Heroes!
Washington State Soldiers Home Cemetery
Orting, WA, December 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM: Wreaths Across America along with over 300 attendees and volunteers will honor the pledge of remembrance by placing 1,266 remembrance wreaths on headstones at the Washington State Soldiers Home Cemetery. This event is made possible through the collaboration of American Gold Star Mothers Washington State, Restore America Club, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 11-4, Auburn Noon Lions Club and other organizations around the state such as Interstate Trucking who not only delivers the wreaths but who made sure every headstone would be covered.
“We are humbled by the outpouring of support that helped ensure that no headstone stood uncovered this year at Washington State Soldiers Home Cemetery,” said Hunt. “Restore America Club and American Gold Star Mothers Washington State partnered together last year to perform the 1st Ceremony and place 147 remembrance wreaths. This year, thanks to the support of many, we will be joined in this sacred place by many veterans, volunteers and family members keeping our promise of remembrance and paying tribute on behalf of a grateful nation.”
The mission of Wreaths Across America is to Remember, Honor, and Teach. Remember the fallen. Honor those who serve and their families, and Teach the future generations about the sacrifices made to preserve our freedoms.
“Wreaths Across America, as a Gold Star Mom, is an amazing outpour of love, honor and respect for our children that have served and fallen” said Valerie Marks. “This is a wonderful way to remember the sacrifices made by the veterans and their families regardless of when or where they served.” GSM Sgt Scott Vanning 3/85-6/10
Volunteers can get involved at any of the 1200+ participating locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and national cemeteries on foreign soil. One of the many volunteers, Adolfo Mora, said “The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is honored to continue to serve our heroes who served by remembering them this holiday season with thanks to Wreaths Across America.” Invite your family and friends to an experience you will never forget, as we take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to honor our service men and women and their families.
2nd Annual Soldiers Home Restoration Ride
August 27, 2016
Our Soldiers Home Restoration Ride this year was fantastic! The purpose of this ride is to raise public awareness to the neglect and lack of maintenance for the service men and women who are resting here and the families who shared the sacrifice and continue to remember and visit their loved ones. Our event is held the last Saturday in August, if you weren’t at this one then we hope to see you at the 3rd Annual Soldiers Home Restoration Ride, check out this years video to see what you missed.
Inaugural Wreaths Across America
Washington State Soldiers Home Cemetery – December 2015
We just concluded the first ceremony where we laid wreaths of remembrance for the men and women who have served our nation. Please take a moment to watch the video below, we will work hard to ensure that this event grows and strive to have every headstone covered with a remembrance wreath at the 2nd event to be held in December of 2016. Special thanks to the Gold Star Mothers of Washington who helped organize this event.
Inaugural Soldiers Home Restoration Ride
Washington State Soldiers Home Cemetery – August 2015
This is our first fundraising ride set to help bring awareness to the current condition of the Washington State Soldiers Home Cemetery. This year the Restore America Club founder, Graham Hunt, through collaboration with his colleagues in the Washington State House of Representatives, was able to allocate $250,000 to the restoration efforts of the Soldiers Home Cemetery in Orting. However, this is just the beginning and that isn’t enough money to fully restore the cemetery to a condition such as Arlington National Cemetery or our very own Tahoma National Cemetery.
We have launched the #IAmSomebody campaign for the Washington State Soldiers Home Restoration! After years of visiting the Soldiers Home Cemetery with his family, Graham Hunt decided to stop saying “Somebody should do something about this!” and decided to be that somebody and through the help of people from around Washington State we have started to physically restore the Soldiers Home Cemetery to a condition that is fit for honoring the amazing men and women who call this their final resting place. We still have a long way to go and have only reached 1/3rd of the funding required to complete this project, please consider joining the #IAmSomebody campaign and contributing today!