Parsons Cemetery

Est 1873

Parsons Cemetery (MDPACS)
 Wreaths across America 2017

The last day to donate (order) a wreath from Wreaths across American is December 1, 2017

If you are ordering a Grave Specific Request, the Wreaths across American website will ask you to enter a Section and Marker number, or Columbarium row.  Because Parsons Cemetery has been in use as first a family cemetery opened to others as early as the mid-1800s, it does not have an online numbering system to help you.  But we still want to place your ordered wreath as requested.  There are two workarounds to do this, first you can simply fill these boxes with the word "unknown"not numbered our cemetery, or you can place your order without identifying it as a Grave Specific Request, then send an email concerning your order and the specific grave your wish it placed on to  Either way, will result in a successful Grave Specific Request.  Thank you.   

Parsons Cemetery is today both operational and historic.  It is an urban green space, an outdoor museum, and in the words of Keith Eggener, urban cemeteries "are where life meets death, nature meets city, and present meets past."

Want to Participate at Parsons Cemetery: Things you do need to know

"where life meets death, nature meets city, and present meets past"

Keith Eggener, architectural historian and author of the book “Cemeteries.”

Thank you for visiting our website and our Facebook Page.  Both our website and Facebook Page will be continuously updated with new information, historical information, pictures and videos. We invite you to send us your information on the cemetery and your loved ones, information that we can share with others.  

912 N. Division St                                             Ceremony At: 10:00 AM
Salisbury, MD 21801                                         Details:

Veteran Graves: 500+                                      Location Coordinator: Jeff Merritt
Coverage Goal: 500                                         Location Phone Number: (410) 713-8940
Wreaths So Far:         Register to Donate or Volunteer
Registered Volunteers:

ATTENTION DONORS:  The Deadline to Donate (Order) a Wreath on line is changed to December 1st.  All mailed orders must be received at the WAA headquarters by December 1st.  There are no exceptions. Online Ordering:, add Parsons Location using MDPACS. Paper forms are available at the Wicomico County Tourism Center and the Salisbury Downtown Tourist Information Center. 

PROGRAM ADDED:  Draft Wreaths across American Program Dec 16, 2017 10 am

Ceremony and Volunteer Information:

  • We are happy that you are willing to help with our Wreaths across America ceremony at Parsons Cemetery (MDPACS).
  •  Please do not forget to register on the Parsons Cemetery (MDPACS)!  That way you will get all updates about the cemetery itself.

Ceremony Details:

The Ceremony will commence on N. Division Street at the main gate with a Maryland Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Honor Guard escorting the wreaths being carried by the Delmarva Veteran Builders’ vintage army truck and accompanied by Veterans and others wishing to walk behind the truck to honor our veterans. The procession will proceed to the Water’s Edge Section of the Cemetery, about a half mile, to the Ceremony location. Salisbury’s Mayor Jake Day is the guest speaker. The program’s National Anthem and theme song “I’m an American. Yes, I am!” will be song by Children from the Magi and the Allen Memorial Baptist Church Choir under the direction of Alice Wigfield. Volunteers will place live wreaths on the headstones or memorials of veterans, honoring each veteran by saying their names. By saying their names we not only honor them but by saying their names, we are saying we will never forget them.

Here are some things to remember about the ceremony:

  • Everyone of all ages and backgrounds is welcome.
  • Ceremonies around the world will be starting at the same moment, so please be on time.
  • Please help ensure that all participants get the opportunity to place a wreath.
  • Please follow the location coordinators instructions on where to place wreaths, as well as "how" they should be placed.
  • We especially appreciate volunteers willing to help clean-up. Please check in with the location coordinator if you are interested in helping.

The most important thing to remember is to have a wonderful experience participating in the ceremony and thank you so much for help Wreaths achieve our mission to remember, honor and teach.