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Howard Family Dental selling wreath sponsorships
Family members, friends, comrades-in-arms and others lay wreaths along Warriors Walk each December. The observance honors those fallen soldiers at Fort Stewart and across the country on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, wreaths will be laid at noon on Dec. 15. - photo by Coastal Courier photo

Local teams at Howard Family Dental are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at Fort Stewart’s Warriors Walk are honored on National Wreaths Across America Day at noon Dec. 15. 

This year, the Wreaths for Warriors Walk at Fort Stewart will be held simultaneously with other ceremonies across the country at more than 1,500 locations. The goal: to place a live, balsam fir wreath at the headstone of every veteran buried there and spread patriotism and commemoration for the ultimate sacrifices they made for our country.

“Over the 17 years of serving our community, Howard Family Dental Hinesville has had the privilege of caring for the brave men and woman of our nation’s military and their families based right down the street at Fort Stewart,” Dr. Joseph Merritt said. “To show our appreciation for the endless sacrifices and extreme dedication our military members and their families make for our country, we are proud supporters of the Wreaths for Warriors Walk. By participating in this fundraiser, we hope to commemorate the fallen soldiers and bring comfort and joy to their families who miss them dearly, especially during the holidays.”

From now until Dec. 3, Howard Family Dental will sell wreath sponsorships online and at various office locations to help sponsor the 500 wreaths needed to honor every veteran at Fort Stewart Warriors Walk. Each wreath sponsorship costs $15, with $5 going back to the Howard Family Dental Foundation, which helps fund the Howard Hand in Hand program at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Howard Hand in Hand is a free program that helps provide support, education and guidance to children and teens with a family member facing a life-threatening illness. 

The following office locations will take cash, check and card donations:

Howard Family Dental Hinesville (319H W General Screven Way, Hinesville, GA 31313)

Howard Family Dental Midtown (533 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah, GA 31405)

Howard Family Dental Pooler (91 Brighton Woods Drive, Pooler, GA 31322)

Howard Family Dental Richmond Hill (1962 US-17, Richmond Hill, GA 31324)

Howard Family Dental Wilmington Island (206 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Savannah, GA 31410)

Donations can be made online by visiting 

“Every donation and wreath sponsorship is a meaningful gift from an appreciative supporter who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “We are so grateful to Howard Family Dental for participating in our mission to remember, honor and teach.”

National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event, open to all. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, visit For more information on the local Wreaths for Warriors Walk at Fort Stewart, visit 

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,200 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. 

Howard Family Dental began serving patients in 1980. The company has offices in Beaufort, Bluffton, Brunswick, Hinesville, Midtown Savannah, Pooler, Rincon, Southside Savannah, Statesboro, Richmond Hill and Wilmington Island. The Howard Family Dental network also includes Oral & Facial Surgery Group in Pooler and Kid’s Dentistree in Richmond Hill. The dentists and staff at Howard Family Dental offer a wide range of dental services catering specifically to patient’s needs. Services include crowns, bridges, periodontal, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, dental implants and sleep apnea. For more information, call 912-629-9000 or visit

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