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Date: December 13th., 2008

Time: 9:00am

Place: Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon California

As part of National Wreaths Across America project, Christmas wreaths will be placed at the headstones of our fallen heroes on this day. At 12:00pm Eastern Time, a moment of silence will be observed across the country to honor our heroes and then wreath laying commences. (We will be given instructions.)

Please read the "Wreaths Across America" attachment for more details on the event and information about sponsoring a wreath.
I am planning on riding to this event and displaying PGR to join in laying the wreaths. This is not a PGR ride but normal PGR decoration on bikes is encouraged. I encourage all who can make it to participate. This is a rain or shine occasion.
I have contacted Susie Stocking, one of the organizers, and she has generously agreed to designate space for motorcycle parking as parking will be an issue. Please reply to this e-mail and advise if you are going so I can let Susie know how many bikes to expect asap. (aldonaldson (at) (Obviously, if the weather is bad, we can take cages and carpool.)
The Plan:
Stage in American Canyon at 2185 Elliott Drive. Depart at 8:00am sharp. We will proceed North on Elliott Drive to American Canyon Road. Turn right on American Canyon Road and proceed to Hwy-80 East. Take Hwy-80 East to Midway Rd., exit-60. Midway Rd. to the cemetery at 5810 Midway Road, Dixon California. (est. 35 - 40 minutes)
Go directly to the cemetery by yourself or your own group. (Please let me know how many bikes.)
Take you car and follow our group.
Meet at my house and leave at 7:40am to go to Elliott Drive staging.
TO - 2185 Elliott Drive

From Hwy-80 East take the Hwy-37 exit back over Hwy-80. Pass Six-Flags Marine World and move to the right lane then exit to Hwy-29 towards Napa. Proceed approximately 3-miles and move to the left lane as you cross Mini Drive. (Chevron station on your right.) Turn left on Kimberly Drive then right on Elliott Drive. (2185 Elliott will be on your right.)

If you miss the turn on Kimberly Drive from Hwy-29, don't panic! Go on to American Canyon Road, (next traffic light), and turn left, then left on Elliott Drive. (2185 Elliott will be on your left.)

TO - My House - 64 Melvin Road

From Hwy-80 East take the Hwy-37 exit. Pass Six-Flags Marine World and move to the right lane then exit to Hwy-29 towards Napa. Proceed approximately 4-miles. After passing traffic light at Donaldson Way move to left lane. In approx. 1/4-mile turn left on Poco Way, right on Melvin Road. My house will be immediately on your left. (If you miss the turn, make a U-Turn at the next light at Rio Del Mar.)

  • Doug, Spike, Rich, Sindy, etc., PLEASE forward this to your mailing lists so all who would like to participate are aware of this event. Thank you. -Al
  • There will be another visit to the cemetery in January to remove the will be to follow as available.
  • Any questions, please e-mail me at aldonaldson (at) or call me at 707-6544-0582

    Thanks everyone and look forwards to seeing all of you on the 13th. December. -Al Donaldson







Hello All!

It’s once again time to begin organizing and collecting for the laying of the holiday wreaths at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery in Dixon.  This year’s event will be held at 9:00 AM on Saturday, December 13, 2008. 


As in previous years, our goal is to ensure that each gravesite is decorated with a wreath during the holiday season and there are currently 3,700 there. This year, we are teaming up with the Wreaths Across America project.  The cost of each wreath is $15 but we are participating in a “3-for-2” special, so we will be able to get three wreaths for every $30 collected.  Any amount you are able to donate will be combined and forwarded to Wreaths Across America.  Our deadline for submission is November 28, 2008.


We know this is a huge undertaking, since the cemetery is growing so quickly and it’s been a tough year economically, to attempt to collect the necessary funds for this project, but we feel sure that our local and surrounding communities will again come through for this very special memorial event to honor our veterans.  We would like to take this time to extend an invitation to all of you (individuals, families, community groups, businesses, veterans, etc) to join us on December 13th to help with the placement of the wreaths and share in the planned program.  (The significance of the time on December 13th is that wreath ceremonies will be held simultaneously around the world then).


For donation information please call Curtis Stocking at California Outdoor Properties (707.761.3343), email curtis (at), or call Susie (707.249.5852), email susie_qs_quilts (at)  Checks may be made payable to: Wreaths Across America and mailed to:


PO Box 773

Winters, CA  95694


Thank you all for supporting this event again this year!  We look forward to another successful effort.




Curtis Stocking and Rick Martindale


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