May 2018 Mission Matters Newsletter

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


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While we feel that every month should be Military Appreciation Month, the entire month of May is dedicated to honoring and remembering our nation’s military, culminating with Memorial Day. Military Appreciation Month is the perfect time to thank a veteran, remember the sacrifices they made, and teach the next generation about the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Decoration Day, as Memorial Day was originally known, was conceived in May 1868 and was first observed at Arlington National Cemetery to bring together the families of the fallen to help heal the wounds of a war that had threatened to tear our young nation apart. The tradition endures nearly 150 years later at national cemeteries across the country.

This Monday, as a nation, we will observe Memorial Day. It is not just for barbecues, shopping, or having the day off from work. It is a day when all Americans should remember and reflect upon those who have fought and died for our country and who now lay in peace.

With thanks,
Karen Worcester
Wreaths Across America
Executive Director

In Memory Of
This Memorial Day, honor the memory of your hero by sponsoring a wreath in their memory.
Sponsor A Wreath
Be Their Witness
Wreaths Across America wants to hear the names and stories of those that you honor today, and every day. Be their witness by sharing their stories here. On Memorial Day we will randomly select four participants to receive 100 sponsored wreaths to honor the heroes at the cemetery of their choosing this December.
Share Their Stories

Monthly Features

FACES OF THE MISSION: Marcy Bearsdley

These individuals help to make our mission a reality every day. This month, we spoke with Marcy Bearsdley.  Marcy is the Wreaths Across America Locations and Fundraising Group Supervisor, but some know her as Employee #1.

Meet Marcy

GUEST COMMENTARY: Vet Centers

Vet Centers are community-based centers, within the Veterans Health Administration’s Readjustment Counseling Service, which was founded in 1979 as a safe place for Vietnam Veterans to process life after service in combat. These locations were staffed by fellow combat Veterans and was the beginning of the peer to peer model in VA.
LEARN MORE

It’s not what we do,but WHY we do it.

The month of May contains at least four significant celebrations each year. They are VE Day; Mother’s Day; Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day. This Armed Forces Day, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Wayne Hanson was honored to take part in the 2018 Vietnam Commemoration, USS Constitution Underway Demonstration, in Boston Harbor, on May 18th.
Read the full story on the blog here.  
How Do We Appreciate Our Military? 

Recognizing Vietnam Veteransat Fenway Park
On June 2, Wreaths Across America will be hosting the dedication ceremony for the Medal of Honor Remembrance Park in Maine.  The event is part of Wreaths Across America’s Stem to Stone Remembrance Tree program and will honor the 3,517 Medal of Honor Recipients by dedicating an 8-acre park to them on the tip land where balsam is harvested for veterans’ wreaths each December.

The dedication ceremony will begin at 11:30 am ET and be shared live on our Facebook page, we hope you will join us!

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Trucking Tribute: BNSF Railway
That’s right! This edition of “Trucking Tributes” should be called transportation tributes because this story is about moving America’s respect on our country’s rail lines to ensure no fallen hero is ever forgotten.
Check it out!
Listen Now
Four Ways To Support Our Cause

Sponsor Remembrance Wreaths, Honor and Remember, Pairs: Give a Wreath and Get a Wreath or Show Your Support

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

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

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