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As he crossed the battlefields of France in 1915 and 1916, George Stephen Cantlie, a colonel in the 42nd Battalion, Royal Highlanders of Canada, picked flowers and sent them with simple notes to his baby daughter Celia in Montreal.
Almost a century later, those handwritten letters and flowers emerged in a red satin-covered box still in their original envelopes, and now form the basis of a unique touring exhibition, which opened last week at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
“The Legion is a living tradition which keeps alive the form of service and patriotism and in doing so adds new worth and meaning to all it touches.” – Georges Vanier, Canada’s 19th Governor General The story of the Legion begins with Canada’s experience in the First World War, and tells of exceptional individuals, including Lillian Freiman, Georges Vanier, Milton Gregg, Julian Byng, and Arthur Currie, who either helped found or ensured the success of an organization that began as a support and advocacy group for veterans, and evolved into a foundational cornerstone of countless Canadian communities. Today, the Royal Canadian Legion and its over 275 000 members continues to be the guardians of remembrance and veterans’ welfare from coast to coast to coast.
Each week this fall, I have been impressed as we have uncovered more and more amazing stories of our WAA volunteers all across this great land.
Just like you, they are community leaders, business owners, professionals, and even school children – all doing what they know how to do, to show our military families how much we appreciate the sacrifices that are being made every single day.
It warms my heart when I think about how the wreath-laying tradition got its start over twenty-five years ago, when my husband, Morrill Worcester, who humbly describes himself as “just a wreath maker from Maine” did what he knew how to do, to show his appreciation.
And look at what it has become – thru the efforts of volunteers! Each single wreath that gets placed, becomes a catalyst. Families that might never otherwise meet, make a connection when the wreaths are laid, and the names are spoken out loud.
We each give so little, in comparison to the years of service and sacrifices made to protect our freedoms. But I could not be more proud of our nationwide network of volunteers. You make us all – better for the experience.
We hope to see you placing a wreath, saying thank you, and saying those names this December.
Order This Limited Time Offer For The Rolling Ambassador Program
National nonprofit Wreaths Across America announces a new sponsorship opportunity – Rolling Ambassadors – available to professional truck drivers, bikers and all those whose living finds them traveling our nation’s highways.
In total, you will receive:- a sweatshirt – a baseball hat – a lapel pin- a coupon for $25 off purchase of a Patriot Pair – a Rolling Ambassador Card – a thank you certificate – a Share The Mission Card – an honorable mention on Wreath Across America’s Facebook page during convoy week!
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!
Since last week, we received hundreds of orders on this limited time, WAA-branded Wreath Delivery Tractor Trailer Set. This is new in 2017 but we only have a limited number in inventory and available before the holidays, so order now if you want to make sure you get one!
“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.”
Since first meeting the Worcester family and the Wreaths Across America (WAA) team last fall, Taya Kyle, Founder and Executive Director of Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF), was impressed with WAA’s “ripple effect of kindness”. It quickly became apparent that both national nonprofits shared the same patriotic mission of honoring and respecting our military veterans and their families.
Published on Oct 17, 2017 10:57 am
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