February 2018 Mission Matters Newsletter

From the Wreaths Across America organization.

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Mission Matters!

These two words — mission matters — have been the guiding principle used in all that Wreaths Across America has done and plans to do in the future. Our mission — to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve, and their families, and Teach our children about the cost of freedom — resonates in the homes of every American across this great country.

Year after year we see new volunteers step forward from every walk of life to become part of and share this mission in communities in every state. We will share their stories of patriotism and community with you here each month as well as on a new radio program with the same name that I’m excited to be hosting on Wreaths Across America Radio starting in March.

2017 was our most successful year to date, with more than 1.5million veterans’ wreaths placed on headstones of our fallen veterans. Click on the link below to download the infographic to see additional details from 2017. We are expecting that number to continue to grow in 2018 and beyond because of the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and the generous support of many grateful Americans.

Thank you for reading and sharing the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach.

With thanks,

Karen Worcester
Executive Director
Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America Announces 2018 Theme


The inspiration for this year’s theme stems from the 2009 drama “Taking Chance,” which was based on the experiences of Marine Colonel Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming from the Iraq WarLearn more.
Message From The Chairman
February 22nd was the birthday of our first President George Washington. Wayne Hanson, our Chairman of the Board of Directors, shares a message about this important veteran. Read his story here.

Monthly Features

FACES OF THE MISSION: Marnie Torres, Social Media Coordinator

Each month, we’ll be introducing one of the valued members of the Wreaths Across America team. These individuals help to make our mission a reality every day. To kick things off, we caught up with Marnie Torres, Social Media Coordinator. 

Click here to read our interview with Marnie.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why We Love Wreaths Across America

Roger & Norma Donlon, Co-Grand Marshalls of the 2017 Wreaths Across America Convoy share their love story from the December 2017, 10- day journey from Harrington, ME to Arlington National Cemetery.
Click here to read their contribution.

It’s not what we do,but WHY we do it.

Denny Hart, retired U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps Warrant Officer shares his background and his experience with meeting a special helper at Wreaths Across America Day 2015 on the blog. This year, Denny has stepped up as a Group Leader to help promote wreath sponsorships for the Camp Nelson National Cemetery. His son has volunteered his time and expertise to create and host a website to support the effort to remember and honor 15,000 veterans laid to rest there on national wreath day, Saturday, December 15, 2018.

Denny Hart with friend Ella at Wreaths Across America Day 2017

The Wreaths Across America fundraising program has helped other groups such as Civil Air Patrol, Scouts, 4-H Clubs, local VFWs and American Legions raise funds for their own community needs.

How it works: Wreaths Across America returns $5 of every $15 wreath sponsorship you raise to support your organization. Since 2007, Wreaths Across America has given back more than $8 million to local charities through this fundraising structure. To sign up as a fundraising group, click the button below.

Wreaths Across America 2017: By The Numbers Infographic
Check it out!
Connect With Us:
Contact Us:

Phone: 1 (877) 385 9504 
Email: helpdesk@wreathsacrossamerica.org

Wreaths Across America HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623

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