April 2018 Mission Matters Newsletter

Note this newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.

Over the last month, my husband, Morrill, and I have had the incredible honor and opportunity to spend time with and learn from many Medal of Honor Recipients — America’s finest and more decorated heroes — as well as some of the most humble and kind souls I have had the pleasure of knowing. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.

Below, guest contributor Norma Donlon, wife of Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon, Gold Star Wife and Wreaths Across America Ambassador, shares details from our time at the Circle of Honor Gala at the New York Stock Exchange and the National Medal of Honor Day events in Washington, D.C., in late March. It was here that Norma and Roger Donlon shared with Morrill and I that we would be receiving the Patriot Award from the Medal of Honor Society this month in Arkansas.  The Patriot Award honors individuals who have exhibited dedication to and passion for the American ideals of freedom and democracy through their lives, words and actions. We received the award at the Salute to the Medal of Honor Gala sponsored by Walmart in Bentonville, Ark., on April 20. To learn more about this significant honor, please click here.

As I said in my speech on Friday, Morill and I accept the Patriots Award on behalf of all of you, the dedicated volunteers and supporters of Wreaths Across America who have made this organization what it is today because of your passion and commitment to the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. And for that, we are most grateful.

With thanks,

Karen Worcester

Wreaths Across America

Executive Director

Month of The Military Child Social Media Contest Winners
Thank you to all those who helped us honor military children by sharing photos and stories as part of our 3rd annual Month of the Military Child Photo Contest. With over 260 entries, the top three were determined by the number of votes they received for their entry. Congratulations to our winners and the locations they will be supporting!

Understand The Why

Although many have heard the story of when and how Wreaths Across America was started, it is even more important to understand the why. Watch our short video to see for yourself. Watch here.

Monthly Features


These individuals help to make our mission a reality every day. This month, we spoke with Bre Kingsbury, corporate business development director. Bre works on introducing the Wreaths Across America to corporate sponsors who want to support veterans and Gold Star Families.


Norma Donlon shares a recent experience spreading the word about Wreaths Across America at the 16th Annual Circle of Honor Gala at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) sponsored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOHFD).
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It’s not what we do,but WHY we do it.

Wreaths Across America chose the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY, from March 22-24 to debut its newly designed Traveling Education Exhibit. This 48-foot display trailer hooked to its Chevy truck was loaded with many “hands on” technology and interactive information about the program to help visitors learn about the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Wayne Hanson was honored to be one of the Wreaths Across America team accompanying the exhibit, where one of the more memorable things he had the pleasure of doing was to say two words to some of those present…”Welcome Home!”
Read the full story on the blog here. 

“Welcome Home”

Presenting a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin.
In 2014, Wreaths Across America established the Veterans Remembrance Tree Program as another way to remember and honor our veterans. The program allows Gold Star families to visit the land in Maine, where the balsam tips are harvested each year to be made into the wreaths that are place on veterans’ graves. Gold Star families often report they find a sense of peace and tranquility from visiting the land where the balsams are grown. The Remembrance Tree Program gives them a living memorial to their loved one.
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Thank You Walmart
Thank you to our long-time partner and friends at Walmart who have not only sponsored wreaths and donated invaluable transportation support across the country, but have truly embraced the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.


Wreaths Across America Radio offers patriotic music of all genres and informational content about members of the U.S. armed forces, their families, military veterans, and volunteers throughout the country and overseas who support the mission to remember, honor and teach.

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