Monthly Archives: October 2017

A war story told in flowers and scents

From the Legion Magazine.

Poppy print items
The Prince
War flowers
War flowers letter and heather
War flowers sculpture

WAR Flowers

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

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.


Buried alive at the Somme

Buried alive at the Somme

By Claudia Berry

Private Ainger Roger Berry enlisted at the age of 36. Within two years,
he faced debilitating shell shock and a lifetime of uncertainty.


Invictus Games
CF-18 hornets

OCTOBER 25, 1982

The first CF-18s are delivered in a ceremony in Ottawa.


Vimy Ridge Poster
Arbor Alliances

Valour Canada: The Royal Canadian Legion

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“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.

[eNewsletter #156] Voices of our volunteers…

From the Wreaths Across America organization.

10/24/2017 WAA eNewsletter

Voices Of Our Volunteers

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.
~ Karen Worcester | Executive Director
and the Wreaths Across America Team
Wreaths Across Americas "Trucking Tributes" Present Big G Express

Wreaths Across America’s “Trucking Tributes” Present Big G Express

Wreaths Across America receives no government funding to support operations. M Placing fresh, hand-made balsam remembrance wreaths on the headstones of veterans across the country in…
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100 Reasons Why We Remember, Honor, and Teach. Saying Goodbye to a Friend and Patriot

100 Reasons Why We Remember, Honor, and Teach. Saying Goodbye to a Friend and Patriot

Death, no matter when or how it comes, is an inevitable part of life, yet we’re never prepared to say goodbye to a family member or friend. This month, we had to do just that. We said,…
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More Stories For and About Our Veterans

The Countdown to Wreath Day 2017 Continues

The Countdown to Wreath Day 2017 Continues

“We have a dedicated group of compassionate people who come together to help military veterans,” Rebecca explains.
Remembrance Tree Program

Remembrance Tree Program

Do you know about about WAA’s Remembrance Tree Program, what we like to call ‘Stem To Stone’ as a way to honor our service men and women with a living memorial tree?

Volunteers Needed to Place Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

Wreaths Across America wants you to take action and help place holiday wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery this December.
Wreaths Across America 

Wreaths Across America 

Each day on our Facebook page, we #SayTheirNames, honor their service and sacrifice. The Roll Call of men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice continues. We will not forget.
Wreaths Across Americas "Trucking Tributes" Present Schneider

Wreaths Across America’s “Trucking Tributes” Present Schneider

In the late 60’s, Al’s son Don started to move the company forward. Don served in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer before earning his Master’s degree and becoming Schneider’s CEO.

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.
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Support With A Rolling Ambassadors Package

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!
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This Week In Social Media:

Florida Man Spends His One Day Off Cleaning Veterans Tombstones

Neglected Monuments are Getting Spruced Up

NEWPORT, R.I. – A World War I monument in Rhode Island no longer bears the names of soldiers who died fighting; the bronze plaques were stolen decades ago.
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World War II survivor, 84, finally receives high school diploma

Wish You Were Here – Six-String Soldiers

Written by Roger Waters and David Gilmour. The Six-String Soldiers perform the Pink Floyd classic live on location in Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland.
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This Soldier Who Joined the Military at Age 58 Will Inspire You

This Soldier Who Joined the Military at Age 58 Will Inspire You

In 2013 – on the cusp of officially becoming a senior citizen – Dr. Frederick Lough swore in to become an active duty soldier. But that’s not where his military career began.
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Korean War POW Earns Medal of Honor for Saving His Unit

Meet the Veteran Who Builds Tiny Houses for Other Vets in Need

When Donnie Davis kept hearing the alarming suicide statistics for veterans afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, he decided to do something about it.
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This Week’s History Lesson

U.S. President Pledges Support to South Vietnam - Oct 24, 1954 

U.S. President Pledges Support to South Vietnam – Oct 24, 1954 

President Eisenhower pledges support to Diem’s government and military forces. Eisenhower wrote to South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem and promised direct assistance to his government.
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Remember, Honor, Teach

Wreaths Across America Remembers

Wreaths Across America Remembers

Thank you to our friends at Truckload Carriers Association for this beautiful video tribute! #RememberHonorTeach
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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!

Mark Your Calendars:


While Supplies Last

Did You Order Your Wreath Carrying Truck Block Set?

Did You Order Your Wreath Carrying Truck Block Set?

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!
Order This Toy Truck Set

Did you miss one of our recent newsletters? You can see the archive and update your email settings 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)!
Donate or Sign Up To Volunteer
“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.”

This Week’s Newsletter Is Sponsored By:

The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation

Taya Kyle on the

Taya Kyle on the “Ripple Effect” That is Wreaths Across America

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.
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10/24/2017 WAA eNewsletter
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National Updates from The Royal Canadian Legion

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The Legion’s Poppy Store – Now easier than ever to show you Remember!

Published on Oct 17, 2017 10:57 am
The Poppy Store was recently redesigned to make it easier than ever to shop online for jewelry, clothing, accessories and other commemorative items to show you remember.
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