[Wreaths Across America eNewsletter #152] Listening During A Week of Controversy and Pain

From the Wreaths Across America organization.

09/26/2017 WAA eNewsletter
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Listening During A Week of Controversy and Pain

For those of us who feel so strongly about supporting our military families, this has been a difficult week full of controversy and pain.
I read the news about a ninety-seven-year-old WWII veteran who explained why he chooses to take a knee in protest; and I have heard from many of our Gold Star families who know deeply the meaning of the our Anthem, as they watch the flag-drapped caskets of their loved ones return home.
Mostly – we want to listen. One of the best gifts received for being a part of the Wreaths Across America experience, has been learning life lessons from the people who put it all on the line, to protect our freedoms.
So we listen, and we learn from one another. There is an important conversation taking place in our Nation right now, and not the least of which, is a conversation about the values and appreciation of what it means to be an American.
So I encourage you to listen to your neighbors. And focus on what we have in common, and where we are in agreement.
We are many. We are one. We are Americans. I think that is one thing we can all agree upon. And we would like to hear what you think.
God Bless This United States of America.
~ Tobin Slaven – Editor of the WAA eNewsletter
& The Wreaths Across America Team

Did You Know: The WAA Museum Re-Opens With New Exhibits

In the Down East Maine area this fall? Come visit our new and improved Wreaths Across America Museum. Always free to the public and open on weekdays from 9-4.
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This Week’s News From WAA


Living History

We are seeking up to 200 volunteers willing to dress in period attire on Saturday, December 16, 2017. You will need to provide your own authentic attire and will be assigned to a particular location within or around Arlington National Cemetery.
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A Navy SEAL Remembered and Honored from Stem to Stone

WAA Donation Page

Please check-out our Wreaths Across America page and click “Donate” to place a wreath on a veterans grave on December 16th. ALSO, please share this page with your friends. Thanks for your support.
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It’s only 81 days until National Wreaths Across America Day. With our #CountdownToWreathDay series we have been talking with volunteers, location coordinators, and WAA fundraising groups about their local efforts at each of the over 1200 participating locations nationwide.

Here’s the stories from this past week:
Introduction to 100 Reasons Why We Remember, Honor, and Teach; The Countdown to Wreath Day is On with Luann Waters of Oaklawn Cemetery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma (Blog Post)
#CountdownToWreathDay Interview with Tammy Williams of Danville National Cemetery(Facebook Live)
#CountdownToWreathDay interview with Brenda Kaesler from Miramar National Cemetery (Facebook Live)
#CountdownToWreathDay Interview with Melanie Cole, the location leader for Village Cemetery in Unity, Maine. She became involved because of her grandfather, who landed on the beaches at Normandy. (Facebook Live)
Voices of Our Volunteers – with Gloria James of Greenwood Memorial Gardens in San Diego (Facebook Live)

A Hardworking Series

GOLD STAR MOTHERS DAY - Last Sunday in September

Wreaths Across America is Unsung: A Hardworking Series

Unsung: A life in the day of hard work- by Shell Rotella features Wreaths Across America Founder Morrill Worcester.
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Social Media Roundup

WWII veterans remains, unidentified for 74 years, return home

Marine Corps’ First Female Infantry Officer

A female Marine graduated from the Corps’ grueling Infantry Officer Course Monday, marking a historic feat as the first woman to earn the 0302 infantry officer military occupational specialty.
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This is the only Seabee to receive the Medal of Honor

Mama Tried – Six-String Soldiers

Nothing is as important as family to a Soldier. We love you Dad, but this one goes out to Mom! “Mama Tried”, written by Merle Haggard.
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Fewer Than 5,000 Photos Needed to Put a Face to Every Name on The Wall

Fewer Than 5,000 Photos Needed to Put a Face to Every Name on The Wall

In the midst of the airing of the groundbreaking film series called The Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) achieved a major milestone in remembering those who died.
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Mark Your Calendars – Invite Your Friends


This Week’s Trucking Tribute

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Wreaths Across America’s “Trucking Tributes” Present Hirschbach Motor Lines

When you learn about Brad Pinchuk’s military service background, it’s not hard to understand why his trucking company supports the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor, and teach.Brad served in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer during the first Gulf War, his father served our nation during the Vietnam War, and his grandfather during World War II.
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We would love to hear from you on any of these channels:

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Do you know of a patriotic story for or about our veterans, that we should be sharing? We would love to hear it!

You can submit the basic details here, and we will follow up with you.
Note: Have you ever had a conversation with a “reporter-bot?” We set this up to collect stories 24/7 or whenever it is convenient for you, and then the WAA Social Media Team can join the conversation. We look forward to hearing from you!


Did you miss one of our recent newsletters? You can see the archive and update your email settings (there is a MONTHLY or a WEEKLY option) in our new Newsletter Central.

Join us on December 16th (the 3rd Saturday in December), 2017 for National Wreaths Across America Day. Use this map to find a location and sign up to volunteer. Can’t find a location near you? You can start one (adding new locations for 2017)!

“Remember this…. In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”
You Can Donate or Sign Up To Volunteer Here

This Week’s Newsletter Is Sponsored By:

MISSION BBQ donates over $200k to Wreaths Across America

Tom Schaad WAVY TV Interviews Bre Kingsbury of Team Bear At Section 60

A grand achievement for Wreaths Across America – Official Page with the help of a woman from Va. Beach, Bre Kingsbury and leader of the Team Bear Fundraising Group. Bre is also leading a fundraiser in San Diego tomorrow if you can make it!
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09/26/2017 WAA eNewsletter
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