Wreaths Across America Mission Matters – February 2019

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


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It was a year ago this month that we (re)launched our monthly newsletter with a focus on the guiding principle used for everything we do here at Wreaths Across America — mission matters.

Our mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve, and their families, and Teach our
children about the cost of freedom, not only touches our volunteers, it makes up the true fabric of our country.

​​​​​​​Over the last year, we’ve shared countless stories of individuals and groups working everyday to play a part in support of the mission. Our goal for this year is to shine a light on the local communities across the country and people within them making a difference. If you know of someone whose story should be told, please share it with us via the link below!

Remember – Honor – Teach

With thanks,

Karen Worcester

Running FIR Wreaths
No parent should bury a child. It is a sacrifice too great for any mother, father, or nation to make. On April 26, 2013, Cathy Powers’ son, Senior Airman Bryce Kenneth Powers joined thousands of other young men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Bryce now rests in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Gold Star Mothers, like Cathy, know all too well that grief can consume or it can elevate. Out of her grief, Cathy discovered a passion for running. When she runs, she remembers her son and all the things we should be thankful for. Running has transformed her mind and body, and her spirit will take her far this year – to all 50 states, across 1,000 miles to honor our nation’s fallen veterans.

Cathy has partnered with Wreaths Across America to Remember, Honor, and Teach. Her goal is to run throughout the United States to raise awareness of the Wreaths Across America mission and, in doing so, earn the support needed to sponsor 7,777 veterans’ wreaths, one for each day Bryce was alive on this earth, to be laid at Arlington this December.

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Stem to Stone 5k/10k and Virtual Run
Run, walk, or ruck (or any of the above virtually) in our first annual Stem to Stone 5K/10K and Kids Fun Run July 13, 2019, presented in conjunction with CompetitorME as part of the Service & Sacrifice Series.

Everyone plays a part in our mission – Remember, Honor, Teach. Join us for this unique running event on the picturesque land in Downeast Maine where the balsam is harvested to make Wreaths Across America Veterans’ Wreaths. All proceeds from the event will help sponsor wreaths to be placed on a veteran headstone this December throughout the U.S. and abroad.

To learn more about this exciting event and to register for the Stem to Stone 5K/10K in Columbia Falls (or virtually!), visit

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Everyone Plays a Part
See how volunteers around the country have been playing their part.
Watch The January Video

Monthly Features

Sponsor Spotlight
Contract Leasing Corp. (CLC) is partnering with Wreaths Across America to offer a chance for carriers to lease a new, fully wrapped air ride aluminum roof Honor Trailer honoring our nation’s veterans. This is your chance to contribute to a very worthy cause while enjoying the benefits of operating this exclusive trailer for twelve months from April 17, 2019 and continuing through April 16, 2020. But that’s not the best part by a long shot! The winning bidder will receive a highly coveted spot of only 11 tractor trailers to travel in the 2019 Wreaths Across America week-long escort to Arlington National Cemetery!
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That Wreaths Across America does NOT decorate graves. We place LIVE, balsam fir wreaths as a symbol of honor and respect and ask our volunteers to say the name of each veteran out loud to keep their memory alive. Each veteran’s wreath is made up of ten bouquets, each with a specific meaning.
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To learn more, download the ‘What is a Veterans Wreath?’ poster below.
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What is a veterans wreath?
In addition to being a symbol of HONOR, RESPECT and VICTORY, each of the 10 balsam bouquets that make up each veterans’ wreath represent 10 special qualities that our veterans embody.

This month, our first bouquet, presented as a helping hand, represents veterans’ BELIEF in a greater good. Here are some ways that individuals and communities have played a part in February in support of this belief. Remember: Everyone Plays A Part!


A WWII veteran was surprised with a tank ride through the streets of Boston. The American Heritage Museum in Hudson, Massachusetts and community members came together to play a part in his special moment. Read more.
A man in the U.K. cared for the memorial of 10 fallen American Airmen for 75 years. Thank you, Tony Foulds! Read more.
Vietnam veterans came together to play a part in the mission and remember fellow American veterans at Mountain Rest Cemetery in North Carolina. Read more.
Sponsor A Wreath
What does it mean to sponsor a veteran’s wreath? It means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans.

Sponsor Now
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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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