Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters – November 2019

The deadline to sponsor a wreath is 02 December.


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As we kick off the week of Thanksgiving, I’d like to take a moment to thank you for your support of our veterans, active military and their families, Gold Star families and our mission to Remember, Honor, Teach.

Today, I am beyond excited to share that we have a record number of participating locations taking part in this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day – 2,095! That’s more than 450 new locations joining the mission in their own community. Odds are there is a location close by that you can participate in and/or support. Here’s a link to find one near you.

The Wreaths Across America program was started after a simple gesture of thanks struck a chord of patriotism and spread across the country. What’s more American than over 2 million volunteers and their communities supporting a mission that can impact the minds of children with patriotism that they will carry forward into the future?

Everyone plays a part, and I speak from the bottom of my heart when I say how grateful I am for your support – this mission matters.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Karen Worcester

Sponsor A Wreath
Reminder: December 2 is the last day to sponsor a wreath for National Wreaths Across America Day 2019.
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2019 Escort to Arlington Announced!

The county’s longest veterans’ parade – Wreaths Across America’s annual escort to Arlington National Cemetery – kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 7. National President of American Gold Star Mothers Inc. (AGSM) Mona Gunn will lead the caravan as this year’s Grand Marshal.

To view the complete schedule, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/arlington-escort-information.

“I have had the honor of traveling in the escort to Arlington several times now and look forward to the opportunity each year to join my fellow Americans in saying not only my son Cherone’s name out loud, but that of so many of our heroes,” said Mona Gunn, President of AGSM, and this year’s grand marshal.

“Wreaths Across America provides opportunities for us to carry out our mission – finding strength in the fellowship of other Gold Star Mothers who strive to keep the memory of our sons and daughters alive by working to help veterans, those currently serving, their families and our communities.”

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Volunteering on National Wreaths Across America Day? Things to know…
If you are planning to join the mission on National Wreaths Across America Day this year – Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 – there are a few tips to keep in mind to help make your experience a great one!
  • Access.  Parking and cemetery access at every participating location is unique. We encourage you to visit the cemetery’s website and WAA Location Page (and social media pages) ahead of your travel to the location for up-to-date information. We highly recommend car-pooling and use of public transportation wherever available.
  • Dress for the weather. Most participating locations will not have indoor access for volunteers.
  • Be patient. Depending on where you are in the country and the number of participants at the location you attend, there could be large crowds and lines. Remember, each location is run by volunteers who are working hard behind the scenes to move things along as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Take your time. Please pause at each headstone and say that veteran’s name out loud before moving on. If there are not enough sponsored wreaths to honor every veteran at the location, please still take time to stop at headstones without a wreath to say their names.
  • Be respectful. Wreaths Across America and all our volunteers are guests of each of the more than 2,000 participating locations where ceremonies and wreath laying events are happening. Please abide by all cemetery policies and remember you are walking on sacred, hallowed grounds.
  • Remember. Honor. Teach. The event you are participating in is happening all around the country, with millions of Americans who, like you, have taken time out of the busiest of seasons to gather together in their community to offer a simple gesture of thanks to those who fought for our freedoms. Thank you for playing a part!
Arlington National Cemetery
If you are planning to volunteer at Arlington National Cemetery, please look to the cemetery’s website ( www.arlingtoncemetery.mil) for the latest information and event details. More information about access and safety can be found by clicking the button below.

Monthly Features

Everyone Plays A Part
The 10 balsam bouquets comprising each veteran’s 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.

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Military veteran with special needs children receives home repairs from volunteers

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Orlando firefighters untangle American flag outside International Drive hotel

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Veteran thankful for birthday cards from all over the country

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Wreaths Across America Radio
Share your love and support for those deployed or stationed away from home during the holidays! Record a short shout out by calling 833-369-1351 and leaving a message. Wreaths Radio will play that message on air Nov. 25 – Dec. 31. Be sure to listen too as we play messages from our troops to loved ones back home!
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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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