Due to COVID-19, Christmas Honors previously announced that the traditional December laying of the wreaths at the Fort Smith National Cemetery had to be canceled. However, alternative plans would be announced to fulfill the organization’s mission: “to show respect and honor to veterans and their families to ensure they will never be forgotten.” The 2020 plans are now complete!
In partnership with Chaffee Crossing, Christmas Honors is hosting a tribute display consisting of over 18,000 names of every veteran buried at the Fort Smith National Cemetery.
The Christmas Honors Tribute at Chaffee Crossing exhibit will open on December 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM and remain on display through December 28th.
Located at 7300 Buckhorn St., the 1,200 ft one-way drive will pay tribute to all that have served. The drive-through display will allow for families to visit without the risk of crowds during COVID times. It also gives the community the opportunity to view the display for the month of December at their leisure as they could do during the traditional month of December at the Fort Smith National Cemetery.
Fort Chaffee Executive Director and CEO Daniel Mann says the Christmas Honors Tribute collaboration provided Chaffee Crossing an opportunity to show appreciation for veterans that is usually expressed through the annual Regional Veterans Day Parade at Chaffee Crossing. He explained, “It was a very difficult decision to cancel the Veterans Day Parade this year, so we jumped at the chance to honor veterans with this tribute display. We are committed to thanking veterans for all they sacrificed to protect us and preserve our freedoms. This year it may look a little different, but our sincerity is just as genuine.”
Christmas Honors’ Chairman, Philip H. Merry, Jr. expressed his gratitude for the support by local organizations, businesses, and citizens to ensure that our veterans are honored this December. “The COVID-19 pandemic shall not cease our on-going tribute to and remembrance of our heroes buried at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Our veterans will never be forgotten.” He added, “We’ll never be able to thank them adequately, but we can keep trying.”
As always, families are welcome to visit their loved ones at the Fort Smith Cemetery. For up-to-date COVID guidelines, please visit https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ftsmith.asp.
Christmas Honors expects to resume the traditional event in 2021.
CHRISTMAS HONORS DONATIONS:
PO Box 10696
Fort Smith, AR 72917