About Us

About Us

Horton Wreath Society (HWS) is a 501(c)3 organization that was organized to raise funds to place a live evergreen wreath on each marker in the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia.


This year, the HWS formal ceremony, in conjunction with Wreaths Across America, will be conducted at the Committal Shelter to honor and recognize the many sacrifices of our veterans. Revised start times are located under our “Schedule of Events” on our home page. This is a Free Family Event open to everyone that wishes to volunteer. No registration required. Just show up. This ceremony will feature guest speakers, music, and the Wreaths Across America wreath tribute and includes placing the ceremonial wreaths at the wall of honor. Upon completion, a final procession of all volunteers will ascend to the Administration building for our Safety Brief, followed by laying the wreaths at each gravesite and columbarium until complete.


The Society strives to educate all, especially our youth and future generations, to remember the sacrifices by our veterans and to respect them. This part of the event begins with the laying of the ceremonial row of wreaths, followed by family members with loved ones interred placing a wreath at the loved one’s marker. Once the family wreaths are placed, the general public will be invited to help lay the remaining wreaths. Light refreshments, coffee and hot cocoa will be available for the duration of the actual Wreath Laying. 


All participants must park at designated satellite parking areas. For free transportation to and from the cemetery, please go to our homepage for more information regarding satellite parking. Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available via the Horton Wreath Society webpage, Facebook and local media. 


The Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery is located at 5310 Milner’s Road, Suffolk, VA. 23434. We are looking for volunteers and inviting everyone to join our ceremony. The Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery is one of three state veterans’ cemeteries operated by the Virginia Department of Veteran Services (VDVS). To learn more about VDVS visit www.dvs.virginia.gov. 

Military Women of Tidewater Unit 152


Military Women Across the Nation, a non-profit 501 ( c) 19 organization, consists of units and members at large residing in the United States. The National organization, originally chartered in 1979, and open to all Sea Service Women, has subsequently evolved into Military Women Across the Nation and is open to all Military Women.

The local unit is Military Women of Tidewater, Unit 152.

Military Women of Tidewater, and active participant in HWS, assists in raising funds necessary to purchase wreaths needed for each headstone each year. Additionally, they provide support by scripting and helping coordinate the ceremonies.


For more information on the Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony, monthly meetings, events and Horton Wreath Society, please visit us at: http://https://www.hortonwreathsociety.org or email Michael.yarbrough@navy.mil. Please call the Public Affairs Officer at 757-635-6837, for more information.


Email: Donn Zwirn (donns78@aol.com)

Phone:757-635-6837