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Contact:  Philip H. Merry, Jr. Chairman

Fort Smith, AR – Thursday, October 21, 2021 – Christmas Honors invites the citizens of the Fort Smith Region to help honor the servicemen and women of our community who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation at the 13th Annual Christmas Honors event.
This December, family, friends, and volunteers will transform the United States National Cemetery at Fort Smith by placing one wreath on each of the 16,000+ headstones in their honor. 
Wreath Workshop/Assembly
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Fort Smith Convention Center Hall C from 9:00AM-2:00PM
Christmas Honors Wreath Event
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Fort Smith National Cemetery
Family time 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  - Please respect this time to allow the families of our heroes to lay wreaths on their loved one’s headstone(s).
Public Ceremony 11:00 a.m.
Public Laying of the Wreaths will be at approximately 11:30 a.m. – Immediately following the ceremony, attendees will be asked to lay wreaths on all remaining headstones. Please do not start to lay wreaths until the ceremony is complete. One wreath per headstone unless both spouses are veterans. Lean the wreath on the front of the headstone. Please do not wrap it on top.
Wreath Pick Up and Storage
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Fort Smith Convention Center Hall C from 9:00AM-2:00PM
Donation Information:
As the mission continues each year, we need the economic assistance, time, and talents of our dedicated supporters to show the appreciation and respect to veterans and their families they deserve.
  • Christmas Honors is a 501(c)(3) organization; therefore, all donations are tax deductible. A receipt will be mailed to you for your records.
  • Mail donations to: Christmas Honors P.O. Box 10696, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72917
  • You can donate on-line via the website. Just click on the “Donate” button and you will be walked through the process.
  • In-Kind donations are always needed and greatly appreciated. If interested in helping, please refer to the website for a list of items.
** In 2009, a volunteer group began the local program, Christmas Honors. The mission was to transform the National Cemetery in Fort Smith each December into a vision of beauty, and the families of those buried at cemetery to take comfort in seeing the respect that is shown to their grandfathers, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, friends, and other fallen heroes who so loved our Country. The first year more than 1,000 volunteers respectfully placed a wreath on each of the 12,000 headstones. The program has since grown to serving 16,000+ veterans and their families.
For more information, visit or Facebook @ChristmasHonors