Polishing our patriotism. Mission Matters Newsletter from Wreaths Across America.

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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While 2020 has been an interesting year (to say the least), it’s also been a year of people coming together to help their neighbors. Nationwide, our volunteers have stepped up and pitched in to not only HONOR and REMEMBER our veterans, but to give back to their very own communities.

This past month, Wreaths Across America led by example, by transitioning our annual concert into our first ever Virtual Concert, drawing in support from thousands of Americans. The media
attention surrounding this event was incredible! We had almost 300 stories nationwide, in 42 of the 50 states, which has a positive impact on the mission of Wreaths Across America to REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH.

During our virtual concert, Karen Worcester, our Executive Director, declared, “THERE WILL BE A WREATHS DAY THIS YEAR!”

While the Wreaths Across America ceremonies may look a bit different than usual, efforts to honor and remember all our nation’s heroes won’t stop until the mission is complete. Just like our veterans, we will adapt and improvise!

When December 19th rolls around and we’re all standing proud, in unity, to HONOR and REMEMBER our nation’s veterans at each of our Wreaths Across America Day ceremonies, our hearts will be full as we reflect back on this past year that’s helped us grow and change and become even stronger than we ever thought we could become.

Remember. Honor. Teach.

“During our Giving in July Virtual Concert I talked a lot about the need to polish our patriotism. And the more I think about this, the more it resonates with me. During difficult times it can be hard to see the good, and I personally feel that it is what we are experiencing right now in this country. It’s time for people to come together to unite in their communities and find common ground. I hope Wreaths Across America’s mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those that served and their families, and Teach the next generation the value of freedom can be one of these unifiers. I can guarantee you that National Wreaths Across America Day is going to happen this December, so please join us in the mission and get involved in your community today! Let’s work together to polish our patriotism and let it shine.”

#AmericaProud #AmericaStrong.

– Karen Worcester, Executive Director, Wreaths Across America


Monthly Features

Tiger Flight 739 Monument Groundbreaking

On Friday, July 17, a ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the site of the monument that will be built this year in honor of the lives lost on March 16, 1962, over the Western Pacific Ocean.  The aircraft was transporting 93 jungle-trained U.S. Army Rangers and 3 South Vietnamese soldiers from Travis Air Force Base in California to Saigon, Vietnam. After refueling in Guam, the flight was en route to the Philippines when communication was lost and it disappeared. All 107 aboard were declared missing and presumed dead. For nearly 60 years, surviving families have received no answers and the names of these young soldiers have yet to be added to the Vietnam Wall in D.C., after years of petitioning Congress to ensure they are remembered.

Wreaths Across America and its founder Morrill Worcester are honored to provide some healing for these families with a new memorial to be located on the tip land amongst the balsam fir trees adorned with replica dog tags of thousands of fallen heroes.

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Wreaths Across America’s Mobile Education Exhibit

“Remember, Honor, Teach” is a phrase you’ll likely hear repeated more than a few times across the nation as the Wreaths Across America’s Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE) has been visiting states across the country.
The MEE, contains colorfully illustrated informational panels, a small theater, and is a place where visitors have an opportunity to explore and honor veterans as well as learn more about the organization through videos, interactive connections, and a knowledgeable staff.

Communities are welcoming the MEE with open arms and enthusiastic support, while media attention has been both positive and inspiring. With a little more than a month under our belt back on the road, we have seen about 75 newspaper, radio, TV and on-line articles all geared toward the local communities being visited and the stories of Vietnam Veterans who are being welcomed home (many, for the very first time).
Stefan Brann, the MEE driver and caretaker said “When you see the good that this does, when you see the families of veterans, veterans themselves and how much it means to them, you can’t help but be touched by it, and you just want to be a part of it.”

It is important to note that these visits are all in compliance with CDC Safety Guidelines and also meet, or exceed, any state requirements and/or suggestions. This diligent effort on behalf of the MEE team has helped make this a safe event to attend and a much needed reminder of what Americans can accomplish when we all work together.

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#WorthFightingFor2020

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. 


Sevier County wounded warrior receives home from foundation

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Reinstalling and cleaning headstones at Davenport City Cemetery

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Wilmington police officers trim overgrown shrubs for World War II veteran

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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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