51 Years of Honoring the Adams Presidents as a part of a national wreath-laying tradition
Twice each year the President of the United States sends a wreath to the United First Parish Church to be placed on the tomb of the Adams Presidents.
This national tradition started during the administration of President Lyndon Johnson in 1967. Each year, wreaths of red, white and blue flowers are sent to the burial places of all deceased presidents on the anniversary of their birthday.
The United First Parish Church, Church of the Presidents is the proud keeper of this important annual recognition of our Presidential heritage. Admission to the wreath-laying ceremony, the Adams Crypt and Church Sanctuary are free. Donations to support the History and Visitors Program are greatly appreciated.
For more information about the ceremonies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-773-0062.
The History and Visitors Program at United First Parish Church, Church of the Presidents is pleased to announce the annual Presidential Wreath-Laying Ceremony for John Adams, Second President of the United States of America, at noon on Tuesday October 30, 2018. This year’s ceremony commemorates the 283rd birthday anniversary of President John Adams and the 51st anniversary of the presidential wreath-laying tradition at United First Parish Church, Church of the Presidents. Lieutenant Commander M. Taylor Brownlie, of the Navy Operational Support Center Quincy will serve as our President's official representative for the ceremony.
Honorable Thomas Koch, Mayor of Quincy
Douglas Adams, direct descendant of John and Abigail Adams
Serena Krejci-Papa, Student, Quincy High School
Abigail Der, Student, North Quincy High School
Hailey Peckham, Student, The Woodward School.
Featured Speaker: Sara Martin, Massachusetts Historical Society
The featured speaker for this year’s ceremony will be Sara Martin. Sara Martin is the Editor in Chief of the Adams Papers editorial project at the Massachusetts Historical Society. This year's ceremony falls just two days after the 200th anniversary of the death of Abigail Adams. Sara's talk will feature the words of John and Abigail Adams as she explores the public and private sides of their 54 year-long relationship.
Music for the ceremony will be provided by United First Parish Church Musical Director Noman Corey and the Quincy Choral Society. A reception including a birthday cake generously provided by Konditor Meister bakery in Braintree will take place in the church’s parish hall immediately following the ceremony.