Mission Matters Newsletter: More Than Ever, We Need To Live Up To Their Legacy.

A newsletter from this national organization that the branch has tried to be involved with.


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The last couple weeks have been difficult as we watch the events in Afghanistan unfolding on the news. It is nothing less than heart wrenching, not only for those who are struggling to get out safely, but for those who have served and lost comrades during the War on Terror, and the Gold Star and Blue Star Families, whose loved ones have sacrificed.

Wreaths Across America staff has fielded many calls and had subsequent discussions on how we might be able to help. We are fortunate to have Joe Reagan as our Director of Military and Veteran Outreach. Joe is an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and who also has experience working with organizations that provide veteran’s services including for those with PTSD. As he works through his own feelings about what is happening, he has actively been sharing resources for those who may be struggling, as well as helping us and others try to comprehend the emotional strain on our veterans through his own experience and open, honest dialog.

Below, you will find a link to read the words Joe so eloquently shared about what he and other veterans are going through. And importantly, a message of hope.

The coming days and weeks will be filled with pundits and conflicting opinions. Undoubtedly, there are many things that can be argued. However, our hope at Wreaths Across America is to find that point where we can agree and build on it. For me, that common ground is the appreciation for the unwavering courage and commitment of those who serve in our military.

In a few days we will mark the 20th Anniversary of 9-11, a day that changed us forever. But as that day ended and the dawn of 9-12 broke, we raised our flag, gathered our families, came together and focused on protecting and proclaiming the strength and goodness of America.

This is a defining moment in history. Let’s join together in raising and saluting our flag in honor of those who have served and sacrificed. In remembering them, honoring their families and their commitment to stand for freedom, we find the opportunity to teach.

On their behalf we stay America Strong, America Proud and strive to be America United.

Remember. Honor. Teach.

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester

REMEMBER. HONOR. TEACH.

More than ever, we need to live up to their legacy.

“To the brave men and women who volunteered and to your families, and to the families of the fallen. The sacrifices you made – and your families made – were not in vain. What we are witnessing today is not our failure, this is not our burden to bear. Having had the privilege of serving alongside so many amazing Americans (and allied Service Members as well), quite frankly I’m tremendously proud of what you were able to accomplish, and I hope you are too. The fact is you carried more than your fair share – and you are stronger because of it.”

Join Us in National Flag Waving in Remembrance of the 20th Anniversary of September 11th

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Wreaths Across America urges all Americans to join together on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, to wave the American flag in remembrance of the 20th Anniversary of September 11th.

 

The event will be hosted LIVE on its official Facebook page and broadcast over Wreaths Across America Radio. It will include Gold Star Families, whose loved ones answered the call to serve after 9/11, Veterans, and First Responders and their families.

Now more than ever, it is so important that we come together as Americans to show support for those whose service, courage, and sacrifice, help keep America free!

Tune In to Wreaths Across America Radio – A Voice for America’s Veterans!

Today, Wednesday, August 25th, at 10 am and 7 pm ET tune in to hear a special Mission Matters with Executive Director Karen Worcester and Director of Military & Veteran Outreach Joe Reagan.

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In Case you Missed It: Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 Memorial – UPDATE!

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On Friday, Aug. 20, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (Mich) introduced a new bill to allow American servicemen onboard Flying Tiger Line 739, who lost their lives on their way to Vietnam during the early days of the crisis, to finally have their names placed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

Earlier this year, Wreaths Across America, in partnership with its Founder Morrill Worcester, who donated the land and materials, unveiled a memorial to those aboard Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 in hopes of helping provide some closure to their families. The media coverage about this far surpassed expectations, with more than a thousand articles published about the soldiers on board and crew. We’re proud to have played a small part in this movement to recognize the sacrifice of these families, watch the tribute from our recent event by clicking the button below.

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30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag – Wreath Sponsorship Combo

 

Discover the inspiring story of the American flag that flew over Ground Zero, traveled across all fifty states as it was repaired, and returned to New York as a restored symbol of unity in this meaningful children’s book. Each purchase includes a wreath sponsorship.

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