Monthly Archives: March 2019

Wreaths Across America Mission Matters – March 2019

The monthly newsletter from the Wreaths Across America that we received a few days ago.

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As the snow slowly starts to melt here in Maine, we are reminded that warmer days are near and gratefully welcome Spring and this season of new growth.

Over the last month, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with core volunteers from around the country to hear first hand how the mission of Wreaths Across America resonates with them and in their communities all year round. The WAA team learned more from each of these dedicated volunteers than we could ever teach them. The takeaway was a renewed sense of passion and excitement to reach more people and share the stories of our nation’s heroes.

During this season, I encourage you to take stock of how you can contribute in your own communities. No part is too small when done with purpose.

To all our dedicated, thoughtful, passionate volunteers around the world…thank you!

Remember – Honor – Teach

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester

Medal of Honor Recipient 50th Anniversary Ceremony
March 19, 2019 marked the 50th Anniversary of the date Thomas J. McMahon was killed in action in Vietnam. Wreaths Across America recognized his service, and that of his fellow Vietnam veterans.
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Now you can follow along with Gold Star Mother, Cathy Powers, on her journey to run 1,000 miles across 50 states in honor of her son, Bryce.

Stay up-to-date on her mission by following her page on Facebook: Cathy Powers – Running Fir Wreaths.

Most recently, she visited New Salem Elementary School in North Carolina.

Check it out!
Stem to Stone 5k/10k and Virtual Run
Can’t make it to Maine for our Stem to Stone run? Participate from your own course wherever you are! Your race registration cost will sponsor veterans’ wreaths for the Location or Fundraising Group you designate on National Wreaths Across America Day 2019.
Register Now
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.

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Monthly Features

Trucking Tribute – Poland Spring
Our trucking partners are selfless, compassionate, and deeply patriotic. Trucking Tributes calls attention to their service and dedication to the mission to remember, honor and teach. Scott Edwards is a spring-haul team member for Poland Spring. He participated in the Annual Wreath Escort to Arlington National Cemetery in 2014 as a member of the Honor Fleet, and he shared the experience with his then 11-year-old son Colin. Read about his journey.
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That through the FREE Remembrance Tree Program, you can have a custom dog tag made for a loved one who served and have it placed on a live balsam tree in Maine where the balsam tips are harvested to make veterans’ wreaths each year? It’s a great way to honor your hero.
Learn More

There are many ways to listen to “Wreaths Across America Radio” including on your Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or any device that has Alexa enabled. Just say, “Alexa, play “Wreaths Across America Radio” and she will begin playing our live stream.
Everyone Plays A Part
The 10 balsam bouquets comprising each veterans’ wreath are symbolic of so much to us at Wreaths Across America. Represented here by hands, they demonstrate the many ways individuals and communities come together to Remember, Honor and Teach.
​​​​​​​Each month, we’ll share stories from across the country of the different ways to #PlayAPart2019.
An Air Force veteran turned civilian professional photographer has almost taken portraits of over 7,000 veterans in 27 states during 135 events. Read more. 
Preston Sharp, 13, has been traveling the country to honor veterans’ gravesites. Read about his most recent stop at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
A Columbus elementary teacher taught students how to properly dispose of the American flag. Read more.
Flags for Vets gives new flagpoles and flags to Veterans free of charge. Read about their recent trip to Camp Hill, PA. ​​​​​​​
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Phone: 1 (877) 385 9504

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

RCAF Association D-Day Commemorative Lapel Pin – 75th Anniversary Commemoration

From the Royal Canadian Air Force Association.

On 6 June 2019 Canada will mark the 75th Anniversary since the Normandy Invasion. The RCAF Association members and RCAF supporters are invited to commemorate this auspicious event, wearing a lapel pin suitable for the occasion.

Royal Canadian Air Force Association,405-222 Somerset St. West Ottawa ON K2P 2G3 CANADA, Phone Number:(613) 232-4281, Fax Number: (613) 232-2156, Email Address:, Website :

Welcome to New Board & Charter Members!

Another item from another one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Upcoming C100 Events
Tuesday, April 16th
San Francisco, CA

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Join C100 for an evening of community and networking. Whether you live in the Bay Area or you’re just visiting, we welcome you to join us April 16th, for some drinks and good conversation—you’ll be in good company! This is a ticketed event, so please RSVP below if you wish to attend. Location will be announced 48 hours before the event.
C100 Welcomes New Board & Charter Members
We are pleased to welcome six new individuals C100’s Board of Directors! All six come to C100 with significant experience and expertise that will help to support C100’s mission.
Andrew D’Souza
Co-founder & CEO
Andre Charoo
VP, Strategic Development
Hired Inc
Curt Sigfstead 
Head of West Coast Technology Investment Banking
J.P. Morgan
Ruth Hennigar
Technology Executive
Former VP at Motorola and Ebay
Shaan Pruden
Senior Director, Partnership Management
Yen Lee
Former Chief Growth Officer
Ebates (Rakuten)
C100 is honoured to announce 3 new influential Canadian technology leaders to its roster of Charter Members. We thank them for their contributions of time and expertise and their commitment to supporting, inspiring, and mentoring the next generation of great Canadian entrepreneurs.
Dax Dasilva
Founder & CEO
Lightspeed HQ
Nilam Ganenthiran
Chief Business Officer
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CAN Announcements

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Next Canadian Studies Colloquium Tuesday April 2
Restaurants and Reconciliation: The Representation of Indigenous Foodways in Canada
L. Sasha Gora
Why are there so few Indigenous restaurants in Canada? Toronto has over 8,000 restaurants, but until October 2016 only one offered Indigenous cuisine. Since then, three more have opened, and others across the country. By narrowing in on restaurants, L. Sasha Gora’s talk will survey the relationship between food and land in Canada and emphasize the historic role of food as both a weapon of assimilation and a tool of resistance. She will also discuss how contemporary Indigenous chefs are cooking a lot more than just dinner.
L. Sasha Gora is a writer and cultural historian with a focus on food history and contemporary art (often separately but sometimes together). In 2015 she joined the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society as a doctoral candidate, and she teaches North American cultural history courses at the University of Munich. She is currently a visiting scholar in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.
11:30 AM, Tuesday April 2
223 Moses Hall
News from Community Partners
Canadian Authors at Berkeley Book Festival
We share the below info from our friends at the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco/Silicon Valley
Below is the schedule for the Canadian authors participating in the Bay Area Book festival in Berkeley, May 4 – 5. Ticket info is here:
Writer to Writer: Joyce Carol Oates and André Alexis
André Alexis and Joyce Carol Oates, moderated by Lise Quintana
Saturday, May 4 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
In our Writer to Writer series, two authors who are fans of each other’s work come together for conversation. Winner of the prestigious Windham-Campbell prize for his body of work, Trinidad-born and Ottawa-raised André Alexis sits down with National Book Award and National Humanities Medal winner, and author of over 40 novels, Joyce Carol Oates. The pair will discuss genre-bending, world-building, and their shared obsession with storytelling.
Veterans Memorial Building – Auditorium
With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Zoetic Press
Writer to Writer: Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones
Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones, moderated by Caille Millner
Sunday, May 5 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
In our Writer to Writer series, two authors who are fans of each other’s work come together for conversation about writing and society today. Novelists Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones both probe racial injustice in their work, and both women have received considerable praise. Edugyan’s sweeping, imaginative novel “Washington Black” was named a Top Ten Book of 2018 by the New York Times, and Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage” was an Oprah’s Book Club pick for that same year. Edugyan uses magic realism to explore slavery and freedom in a stupendous tale that moves from Barbados to Nova Scotia to England. Jones weaves a devastating tapestry of a modern marriage wrenched apart by a discriminatory American justice system.
San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park
With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley and She Writes Press
On Not Mothering
Sheila Heti, Emilie Pine, Grace Talusan
Sunday, May 5 11:45 – 1:00 pm
Whether it’s by choice or chance, not mothering is still considered taboo. Talked about in hushed tones and regarded with pity or disdain, women who don’t mother are made to feel like failures. But what are the windows of possibility opened up by a child-free life? What other kinds of nurturing can happen in its place? Brazen in their vulnerability, Sheila Heti (“Motherhood”), Grace Talusan (“The Body Papers”), and Emilie Pine (“Notes to Self”) break the silence on not mothering, addressing the assumptions, stigmas, and surprising rewards head-on.
Hotel Shattuck Plaza – Crystal Ballroom
With the support of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Culture Ireland
Not So Polite After All: Canadian Writers Challenge the Status Quo
André Alexis, Esi Edugyan, Sheila Heti
Sunday, May 5 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Three award-winning Canadian writers converge on one stage to recount their adventures in literary risk-taking and rule-breaking. Esi Edugyan’s richly spun historical epic “Washington Black” celebrates the genius of an escaped slave (not the white man who freed him). Sheila Heti’s “Motherhood” is a searingly honest rumination on whether or not to have children. André Alexis’s surreal and hallucinatory “Days By Moonlight” defies all conventions. Join these authors for a look at the leaps they took and the rewards they reaped.
Hotel Shattuck Plaza – Crystal Ballroom
Sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL

VC heroes of Hill 70

From the Legion Magazine.

Legion Magazine
The VC heroes of Hill 70

The VC heroes of Hill 70

Story by Stephen J. Thorne
The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines the verb “brain”—as in to “brain” someone—as “dash out the brains of” or “strike hard on the head.”

In a particularly graphic description of his Victoria Cross-earning feats on Hill 70, the London Gazette of Nov. 8, 1917, said Robert Hanna, a company sergeant-major in the 29th Battalion (British Columbia Regiment), bayonetted three Germans “and brained the fourth,” thus capturing a position and silencing a machine gun.

All this took place under heavy fire during one of the least-recognized but most challenging Canadian operations of the First World War.


First World War - Stainless Steel Bottle
Military Milestones
RCAF welcomes the Argus

RCAF welcomes the Argus

The crew called them big birds. The 33 Argus long-range patrol aircraft, designed as submarine hunters, were bigger than the wartime planes they replaced beginning in March 1958.

The plane, which had more sensors than any other at the time, was named after the hundred-eyed giant of Greek mythology. The sensors were needed to track the new Soviet submarines. The Argus had four huge engines and two big bomb bays that could handle torpedoes, bombs or depth charges.

Missions often lasted 20 hours or more. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Argus crews flew six hours to their mid-Atlantic station, spent eight hours on patrol, then made the return flight. An Argus of 405 Maritime Patrol Squadron made history in October 1959 with a 7,355-kilometre non-stop flight from Hawaii to North Bay, Ont.


Vintage Warbirds Poster
This week in history
This week in history

March 26, 1941

Nineteen of 31 crew members are lost after the engine room in HMCS Otter,
an armed yacht, catches fire. The vessel sinks within two and a half hours.


Safe Step Walk-In Tubs
Legion Magazine