2020 Theme & We Need Your Feedback! Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters

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2020 Theme – Be an American Worth Fighting For

This year’s theme was inspired by Staff Sgt. Daniel Strong and his keynote address during the 2018 escort to Arlington at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Monty Tech), located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. As an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps, he lost 18 Marines during his service, three were his friends when he was a Lance Corporal, six as their Squad Leader, and the remaining nine as their Platoon Sergeant. Each impacted SSgt. Strong in a unique way as he witnessed first-hand what true sacrifice was and experienced the ripple effect it has on all involved.
SSgt. Strong’s raw emotion was felt by all on that cold December day, as he spoke about his strong conviction to teach his JROTC students to exemplify, on a daily basis, the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach. “Be an American worth the sacrifice. In your daily operations, and in how you deal with one another and how you live your life,” said SSgt. Strong. “Those young men and women who are in Arlington National Cemetery and other cemeteries, they earned the right for you to be an American worth fighting for.”
We want to hear from you!
Did you play a part in the mission last year? If so, we want to hear and learn from you. Please take a few minutes to provide feedback to help make 2020 the best year yet!
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How can you Join the Mission in 2020?

Start a Sponsorship Group
Your civic, nonprofit, school or other group can help raise wreath sponsorships for Arlington or your local cemetery. A portion of the funds can be returned to help your group. We offer resources and assistance to ensure your success!

Add a New Location
Coordinate a wreath-laying ceremony at a cemetery or veteran’s memorial in your town. Determine if this location is already participating by checking our website. We have resources to help you plan your ceremony!

Volunteer to place wreaths on a veteran’s grave at any of our 2,100+ participating locations. Involve your friends and family to honor our servicemen, women and families.

Sponsor a Wreath
Honor veterans in your local community by sponsoring a wreath that will be placed on a veteran’s grave. You choose the location. Groups can get involved as a fundraising project.

Monthly Features

Sponsor Spotlight:

Join us on Facebook LIVE on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at 12pm EST for the MISSION BBQ Check Presentation, when we will announce the total funds raised this year from our Annual Heroes Cup Campaign!

NEW Feature: Kid’s Corner

Kid’s Corner will be featured on our website blog and in our monthly newsletter. Tune into Wreaths Radio during Fun Fridays to hear our youth announcers. You won’t want to miss it!

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10-year-old Gwen Giles is a grade-school student at Hodgdon elementary in northern Maine. Last year, she encouraged her principal to invite American Gold Star Mother, Lorna Harris, to speak at her school. Lorna’s son, SPC Dustin J. Harris was killed in action in Iraq in 2006. The families are close and Gwen often speaks of “Uncle Dustin.” Together, they made a veteran’s wreath explaining the symbolism associated with the balsam bouquets, its circular shape, and single red bow. “My Mom was a big help in this,” Gwen shared. “Mr. Oliver reached out to talk to Mom about it, and then Mom reached out to Lorna.” Gwen continued, “Lorna came in and did a really wonderful presentation. Usually when we do a school presentation, everybody is a lot more talkative, but everybody that was there was really respectful. I think it helped a lot of people kind of get the meaning of what Veterans Day is all about, and what Wreaths Across America does, and why it’s important to keep people remembered.”


Join us each month for a small sampling of the amazing stories we hear of Americans stepping up in their communities and living lives worth fighting for. 

Chelmsford Girl Scouts lay wreaths at veterans’ graves

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Aurora students write letters to military men and women as part of MLK Day service project

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Christian McCaffrey helping send a veteran to the Super Bowl

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Community celebrates local veteran, family moving into new home

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Supporters Lay Veteran to Rest

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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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