Mission Matters Newsletter: What we’re planning for this December

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


Dear friend of Wreaths Across America,

As October arrives, so do cooler temps (well, in Maine, at least) and the beginning of production for the live, balsam veterans’ wreaths that will be sponsored and placed this December.

We are often asked, why does Wreaths Across America only place live wreaths? The answer is simple, we do not “decorate’ headstones. Through this program and the network of tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers across the country, we are honoring all veterans and active military members by placing live wreaths. Fresh evergreens have been used for centuries as a symbol recognizing honor and as a living tribute renewed annually. We want people to see the tradition as a living memorial to veterans and their families.

Ultimately, the sponsorship and placement of a veteran’s wreath is truly so much more. The veteran’s wreath serves as a catalyst to bring together communities, unite families, create opportunity for fundraising by other nonprofits and civic groups doing good locally, and teach children about the service and sacrifice that gives us our freedom in this country.

To demonstrate the impact of one veteran’s wreath, we’re excited to share the following short video!


This December, we’ll work together to ensure every name is spoken out loud and that every service member laid to rest is remembered.


You’re Invited!

Join us LIVE on Facebook this Saturday, Oct. 3rd, for the Dedication of the Col. Roger Donlon Vietnam War ‘Welcome Home’ Room.


Featured 2020 Merchandise

2020 Challenge Coins

Challenge Coin 2020

 A military tradition. 2020 Theme offered only while supplies last!

Patriot Pairs

Remember Our Heroes With A Patriot

Order by Nov. 2 to have your wreath delivered in time for Veterans’ Day!

If you’re not listening to #WreathsRadio already, it’s time to tune in!

Our favorite saying is, “I heard it on the radio!”

Morning show producer and host Michael W. Hale is adding to the “Trucking Tuesday” lineup! At 8:15 AM EDT Michael is joined by Stefan Brann and Jennifer Merrill as they travel across the country in our Mobile Education Exhibit. Find out where they’ll be next!

Michael is joined by our Director of Transportation, Don Queeny every Tuesday at 9:15 AM EDT. Tune in for “The Wreaths Across America Radio Truck Stop.” Michael and Don will talk about the latest logistics in trucking for Wreaths Across America and some of the great music that’s been keeping professional drivers humming through the years.

At 11:00 AM, and again at 4:00 PM EDT, Susan Patten has Trucking Tributes where she talks with professional drivers about their very personal Wreaths Across America experiences.

New to the #WreathsRadio programming is Cup of Joe Radio with Mike and Irene Spotswood. Cup of Joe airs twice on Fun Fridays from 4:00-6:00 PM EDT, and again from 9:00-11:00 PM EDT. A great mix of music and information exclusively for our veterans, produced by Vietnam veterans and former broadcasters with the Armed Forces Radio Network.

Be sure to tune in online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio, pick us up on a smartphone app like Simple Radio or TuneIn, or download the app from the iTunes Store or Google Play. www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio


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. 

Calumet banner project honors veterans Watch Video

Veteran wounded while serving gifted a home from non-profit Watch Video

Jeannette couple raising money to adorn veterans’ graves through Wreaths Across America Read More

90-year-old Korean War Veteran surprised with motorcycle birthday parade

Watch Video

Oklahomans gather to celebrate Vietnam veteran with less than a week to live Read More

Make sure to follow Wreaths Across America official channels on social media for the most up-to-the-minute news on the mission:

Wreaths Across America, PO Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME 04623, United States, 877-385-9504

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