Mission Matters: News From Wreaths Across America – November 2018

From the Wreaths Across America.

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Wreaths Across America Advances its Mission to Normandy

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Wreaths Across America will, for the first time, place 9,387 Maine-made, balsam veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of all U.S. service members laid to rest at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, located in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

At the same time, Across the North Atlantic ocean, a 5 ft Freedom Wreath will be placed at the Liberation Monument located at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, to commemorate this historic event.

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“On this day, the Wreaths Across America Freedom Wreath is placed simultaneously with wreaths being placed on headstones of 9,387 fallen U.S. Heroes at Normandy-American Cemetery and Memorial in France,” explains Wreaths Across America’s Executive Director Karen Worcester. “We do this to honor and remember all who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of liberty and freedom. To quote Winston Churchill, ‘never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’”
Escort to Arlington Hits the Road!

The Wreaths Across America annual escort of handmade, balsam wreaths heading to Arlington National Cemetery from Maine has become known as the country’s longest veterans’ parade, and this year, the weeklong journey kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 8. Grand Marshal – National President of American Gold Star Mothers Inc., Becky Christmas – will lead the caravan as it travels down the East Coast stopping at schools, memorials and other locations along the way to spread the mission to REMEMBER, HONOR and TEACH.
​​​​​​​ The escort is scheduled to make stops in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C. before arriving at Arlington National Cemetery on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 15 – National Wreaths Across America Day.

Chevrolet, who has generously sponsored the escort vehicles transporting participating Gold Star families and veterans for the last four years, will again provide 12 wrapped vehicles in addition to sponsoring 4,000 wreaths for Arlington.

“Our support of the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor and Teach has become a touching annual tradition to Chevrolet and its employees,” said Dan Adamcheck, regional director, sales, service and marketing for Chevrolet. “There is nothing like the patriotism we experience during the escort to Arlington and we are truly looking forward to this year’s events.”

We hope to see you on the road!

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We’re on a mission to remember, honor and teach. Join us by sponsoring a wreath to be placed in honor of a veteran this December. We’ll ensure that their sacrifice is remembered yet again and passed on to a new generation of Americans.

From this small but dedicated staff in Columbia Falls, Maine, we want to say THANK YOU for your support. The mission to Remember, Honor and Teach, means so much to so many and with the help of our incredible volunteers and sponsors, we are able to touch many more.

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Wreaths Across America only places LIVE balsam wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day.

Why? Because we do not “decorate” headstones. We are honoring all veterans and active military members by placing live wreaths on the headstones of veterans. The fresh evergreens have been used for centuries as a symbol recognizing honor and as a living tribute renewed annually. We want people to see the tradition as a living memorial to veterans and their families.

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It’s Not What We DO, But WHY We Do It

By Wayne Hanson, Chairman of the Board

Growing up in Maine from third grade through college, I was always interested in history, especially American History. In fact my degree from the University of Maine in 1967, was a Bachelor of Science in Education majoring in Physical Education with minors in History and English.

Today, I find myself back in Maine at Wreaths Across America’s Headquarters preparing for a trip to France on Wednesday. Now, I have never been to France, or even that part of Europe at all. However I have the pleasure of traveling to France as part of WAA’s advancing its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach by participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France to remember and honor the 9,387 American veterans who died in the World War II D-Day landings and ensuing operations at Normandy.

I have been involved as a volunteer with Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery since 1993 and have been a member of WAA’s Board of Directors since 2007. Over that period of time, I have come to know Morrill Worcester as a dedicated patriot with a desire to place a wreath on every one of our fallen American military veterans’ markers Nationwide. Not only has Morrill wanted to place a wreath on every marker Nationwide, but he has also had the dream of doing so to remember and honor those American service member who perished overseas fighting to secure the freedoms of those who were oppressed. Historically, WAA has sponsored locally-made wreaths for 26 foreign cemeteries. But for the first time ever, this Saturday, December 1, Morrill Worcester’s donated Maine made balsam fir Veterans’ Wreaths will be placed on the markers of those veterans buried at the Normandy American Cemetery in France, and I’ll be standing with him there to place the first one.

To see how this program has grown and watch the dedication and commitment of those who support its mission is truly incredible. I am honored to have been part of Wreaths Across America’s story and its future.


Don’t Miss: “Reports From The Road”on the Annual Wreath Escort to Arlington National Cemetery as we Remember, Honor and Teach. 

Tune in for the Wreaths Across America Morning Show with Michael W. Hale
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