March 2018 Mission Matters Newsletter

From the Wreaths Across America organization.

At Wreaths Across America headquarters, this past winter has been the busiest yet and we couldn’t be more pleased about all the opportunities on the horizon and look forward to sharing some exciting news with you as we move forward in 2018.

With the start of April comes the Month of the Military Child. This important month of recognition was established as a way to underscore the vital role children play in the military community. As a grandmother to three boys whose father is a Marine, I can personally attest to the resilience and strength of these children and importance of community in my daughter and son-in-law’s lives.

This month we spoke with Debbie Nichols, CEO and founder of Military Children Collaborative Group, a national nonprofit based in California, to better understand the impact military deployment has on children and ways to help them cope. We are also excited to kick off our annual Month of the Military Child photo contest which will run through April 13th—Purple Up Day. Winners will be announced in the April newsletter, and you can vote for your favorites on Facebook.

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

With thanks,

Karen Worcester
Executive Director
Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America’s Traveling Education Exhibit Hits the Road
The mission to remember, honor and teach is mobile, and we hope you let us know when you see it in your community!

Wreaths Across America’s traveling education exhibit made its debut to the public at the Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, last week and is on the road again to the next destination. Learn more.

Month of The Military Child Photo Contest

April is The Month of The Military Child, and teaching the next generation the true meaning of freedom is a key part of the Wreaths Across America mission. 

Help us honor the military child by sharing photos and stories of the military children in your life. Winners will be able to select a cemetary to receive FREE Veterans’ Wreaths at Wreaths Across America Day 2018

Enter here.


Monthly Features

FACES OF THE MISSION: Wayne Merritt, Veterans Liaison

These individuals help to make our mission a reality every day. This month, we spoke with Wayne Merritt, Veterans Liaison. Wayne Merritt, currently manages the Veterans Transportation Program based out of Wreaths Across America Headquarters in Maine.

Click here to read our interview with Wayne.


Debbie Nichols is the Founder and CEO of Military Childrens Collaborative Group. In advance of the Month of The Military Child in April, we caught up with Debbie to learn more about when children serve, her experiences with becoming the guardian of her granddaughters when her daughter deployed, and some resources available for military children.
Click here to read her contribution.

It’s not what we do,but WHY we do it.

Becki Flowers, an illustrator, recently ran into Wayne Hanson, Chairman of the Board, Wreaths Across America. Seeing Wayne’s WAA baseball cap, Becki exclaimed “Wreaths Across America – I do that!” Becki told Wayne that her father (John Flowers, Jr., a World War II veteran inurned in the Columbarium at Arlington) was a Battle of the Bulge survivor and that she had met former WAA Board members, Edith Nowels and Sir Stanley Wojtusik while visiting the Battle of the Bulge monument at Arlington several years ago. When Edith found out that Becki’s father was a survivor, she presented Becki with one of Sir Stanley’s gold Battle of the Bulge coins.

Read the full story on the blog here. 

The Battle of the Bulge Monument as drawn by Becki Flowers
Wreaths Across America offers a downloadable curriculum and accompanying books that are designed to help schoolchildren appreciate the role our veterans played and continue to play in preserving their freedoms. These materials are designed to encourage the direct involvement of local veterans.


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