City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department

2020 Wreaths Across America

December 19th, 2020
Woodland Cemetery, 2019 Woodland Ave.

Remember our fallen U.S. Veterans and honor those that serve. This December 19, on National Wreaths Across America Day, along with Arlington National Cemetery, the City of Des Moines Municipal Cemeteries, will host a wreath-laying ceremony at Woodland Cemetery. We will be one of more than 2,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. Through local fundraising efforts, we have a goal to lay at least 700 wreaths to honor all branches of our military.

If you are wondering how Wreaths Across America started, it began with one man's annual tribute to our veterans and has today inspired legions of volunteers. To read more on his story, visit https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/our-story. To sponsor a wreath, visit https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/159437.

Due to COVID-19, we ask that volunteer waivers are submitted in advance. While we look forward to coming together as a community to honor our veterans, we ask that you please read the attached COVID-19 safety protocols during registration. This will help us keep you, our staff and our community safe. Protocols include wearing masks, curbside check-in and reduced capacity to help keep volunteers distanced.

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To reduce the risk of exposure, we are eliminating a check-in line this year. We will have curbside check-in from the safety (and warmth) of your car as you pull in. We ask that you submit your completed waiver in advance to speed up your check-in. *
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Donation Information
Thank you for volunteering! There is no obligation to donate. However, many of our past volunteers have asked how they can help sponsor wreaths. We have over 1000 veteran graves in Woodland. Each wreath donation is $15. Donation information for sponsoring wreaths to honor veterans can be found on the Wreaths of America-Woodland website at https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/159437. If you have any questions regarding sponsoring a wreath or the program, please contact Cemetery Supervisor, Ganesh Ganpat at (515)248-6327.
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COVID-19 Notice


This Return to Play Protocol was formed from various recommendations, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, National Parks and Recreation Association and other public health organizations, as mitigation efforts to help ensure the safety of our volunteers and our staff.

•Please take your temperature prior to volunteering and stay home if you have a fever of 100.4 or higher.
•Any person who is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, who has been in contact with anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 14 days, who is awaiting COVID-19 test results or has been asked to quarantine will be prohibited from volunteering. Per CDC guidance, If you have been exposed, even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear up to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
•If you are volunteering at an event, program, or other volunteer opportunities with us and then test positive for COVID-19, you must immediately contact Parks and Recreation Supervisor, Callie Le’au Courtright at (515)505-2231 or chlcourtright@dmgov.org. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we must be able to post notice of dates of public exposure for contact tracing purposes. No personal information will be shared.
•Per the CDC and Polk County Public Health recommendations and the most recent Mayor’s Mask Mandate, volunteers are required to wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, to help prevent the spread of the virus. Masks should NOT be worn by children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
•Volunteers are asked to be personally responsible and follow all CDC and public health guidance for social distancing (of six feet or more) between different household units before, during, and after volunteering.
•Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and wipes for disinfecting hands regularly.
•Parents/Legal Guardians must be present on-site and are responsible for ensuring minors in attendance comply.

•Due to winter temperatures, please dress appropriately. To minimize exposure to the elements, please wear winter clothing, such as warm socks, boots, hats, and gloves.
•Please watch your step. The cemetery grounds are over 100 years old and include rolling hills, brick streets, and uneven terrain. Winter conditions, including ice and snow, can be hazards.

•To eliminate check-in lines, volunteers must complete and sign a volunteer waiver and return to parksvolunteer@dmgov.org prior to the program date. Minors must have a parent/legal guardian signature.
•Upon arrival on-site, please stay in the car, roll down the window and a staff person will check you in (from a distance) at the cemetery entrance curbside.
•Staff and volunteers must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual attending alone.

•Follow parking directions to space out parking.
•Safety regulations apply to all areas, including the parking area(s).
•Volunteers are asked to maintain social distancing in the parking area(s) before and after programming.
•Volunteers must exit the facility and parking area(s) immediately following the program.

•Due to the ongoing pandemic, and the inability to spread out a large crowd on-site, the ceremony will be adapted this year. It may be done “virtually” in advance, details will be sent to volunteers.

•Tables are designated to hold beverages and supplies only (if applicable). Please do not gather or sit around tables.
•Volunteers must sanitize hands prior to touching items on tables.
•Staff will clean and disinfect tables frequently.

•Do not gather around food areas or create lines (if applicable).
•Volunteers will disinfect their hands before/after receiving beverages or snacks (if applicable).
•All food will be set out pre-served in individual portions or pre-packaged.
•Any drinks will be in single-serve disposable cups only.
•Please do not share food or drink with other volunteers.

•Portable restroom may be available on-site.
•Please disinfect hands before and after use.
•Volunteers should not gather or form lines outside of restrooms or handwashing areas.

If volunteers are not in compliance with these Protocols, their service is subject to immediate cancellation. In addition, volunteers found in violation of the Protocols will be requested to leave the premises if violations continue after one verbal warning of violation.

The City of Des Moines cannot guarantee that the volunteers will not become infected with COVID-19. Volunteers use the City’s facility at their own risk.

The Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to change the Facility Use or program requirements at any time and will contact volunteers immediately with such changes.


CDC Coronavirus

CDC Considerations for Wearing Face Coverings

City of Des Moines COVID Response Site

Iowa Department of Public Health

John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security Public Health Principles for Re-Opening

Plan For, and Preparing For, When Someone Gets Sick

Polk County Public Health Department

Public Health Recommendations for Community-Related Exposure https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/public-health-recommendations.html