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Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters – September 2019

The monthly newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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Happy Fall – the start of my favorite time of year here in Maine! The air is cool and crisp, and the leaves have started to change colors. This is also the time of year that the team here really starts to feel the ramp up to National Wreaths Across America Day.

When we first began this mission in 2007, we used to plan for the “season,” beginning in October and lasting through December. Today, we know that Wreaths Across America is more than a “season” or for that matter, more than one day in December. It is a year-long mission and mindset that has grown to include more than 3 million volunteers nationwide, and has brought communities in every state together with a shared goal to remember the fallen, honor those that serve and their families, and teach the next generation the value of freedom.

My hope is that you, too, will play a part this year.

Remember-Honor-Teach
With gratitude,
Karen Worcester


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Join us in raising the American Flag every Tuesday at 9 am ET

On September 11, 2019, the Town of Freeport celebrated the Flag Ladies as they made their last stand. Citizens and dignitaries showered them with respect and praise, noting their impact on the town, state, and nation. Major General (Ret.) John W. Libby who served as Maine’s Adjutant General of the National Guard during the 9-11 attacks and their aftermath asked this question during his tribute speech. “Unanswered this morning, is who will lift the flag in the spirit of 9-12 now that these remarkable ladies have moved on?”

The answer to that question is Wreaths Across America.

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Wreaths Across America and its largest corporate donor, Worcester Wreaths, unveiled a new flagpole and monument dedicated to the Freeport Flag Ladies. Together, they raised the flag at 9 AM and Wreaths Across America committed to doing so every Tuesday morning moving forward, thus keeping the legacy of the Freeport Flag ladies alive uniting citizens in the spirit of 9-12.

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Help Move the Mission!

Join the mission! Do you know professional drivers or trucking and logistics companies who could help haul veterans’ wreaths to all ends of the country?

Here’s brief look at why this is one of the most important loads they can deliver:   https://youtu.be/RBA-fvIn4Hw

Trucking companies interested in getting involved can fill out the volunteer form at the link below.

Volunteer Here
Find a location near you to volunteer to place wreaths. Your gift of $15 will help us ensure no one if forgotten.

It’s Not Just an Event in December

During the week of September 23, 2019, alone, Wreaths Across America was honored to participate in special events in Virginia, New Jersey, and Texas.

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Wreaths Across America is driven by citizens like those in Virginia, New Jersey, Texas and other states who work hard every day to show their respect and gratitude by supporting the mission to remember, honor and teach.

Wreaths Across America Radio is a Voice for America’s Veterans and those who serve them!

It’s easy to listen online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio or download the Simple Radio or TuneIn smart phone app and search for Wreaths Across America Radio. With a live morning show weekdays from 6-10 AM eastern, music and other interesting features, we think you’ll like what you hear as we remember, honor, and teach.

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.

Wilmington honors veterans at Salute to Service night

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 Local veteran honored with quilt for milestone birthday

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Organization donates 3 vans to bring Rochester veterans to medical appointments

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Wreaths Across America HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623

Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters – August 2019

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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As another school year begins, I want to reshare my thoughts from last August as I am again reminded of how important the TEACH piece of our mission is for the future of this great country.

All too often as parents, we rely on educators to teach our children about the meaning (and cost) of our freedoms as Americans. In truth, it is all of our responsibilities to show the younger generation through patriotism, love of country and community involvement and service.

At Wreaths Across America we are committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed so much to protect them. Our convoy to Arlington stops at many schools along the way. We offer learning tools and opportunities for schools, scouts and other youth groups to participate in our efforts. But most importantly, we share the names and stories of those who have served and sacrificed for all of us so that their memory lives on.

As Americans it is our duty to ensure the next generation stays connected to our past so that the future can be preserved, and defended.

Wishing everyone a positive and safe school year!

Remember-Honor-Teach
With gratitude,
Karen Worcester


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As Maine Flag Ladies Retire, Wreaths Across America Takes the Helm

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Elaine Greene, inspired by the images and emotions of the unfolding events, felt compelled to do something.

She took an American flag and headed to Main St. in Freeport, Maine. As she raised and waved the flag, passersby waved and honked. A perfect display of unity and patriotism needed and shared. This act gave way to a pledge. Elaine vowed to return every Tuesday for a year. The next week, she was joined by JoAnn Miller and Carmen Footer. That year turned into 18 without a Tuesday missed.

On Sept. 11, 2019, The Freeport Flag Ladies will make their last trip to Main St. The following Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at 9 am, Wreaths Across America, Worcester Resources and the community of Columbia Falls, Maine, will commit to carry on the mission of the Freeport Flag Ladies and raise the American flag every week.

Please join us in person, and live on Facebook as we carry on this tradition with respect and honor.

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UPCOMING EVENT

Wreaths Across America and Special Forces Charitable Trust proudly announce FOX & Friends Weekend Co-host and decorated military veteran Pete Hegseth as the keynote speaker for the inaugural joint fundraiser, hosted by Freightliner, to benefit both organizations.

The event will be held at the historic George Washington Masonic National Memorial located in Alexandria, Va. on Wed., September 25, from 6 – 9 pm.

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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT: What can you do to assist veterans and their families?
Article submitted by Brian Boyd. Brian started EldersPlace with his Grandpa Jerry as a way for Jerry to learn a few internet surfing basics. After a little experimentation, the two decided to give it a mission: to help senior citizens get the most out of their lives as possible. Brian and Jerry both hope EldersPlace will make a small difference in senior citizens’ lives.
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: NSDAR

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has officially become a sponsor of Wreaths Across America.  The DAR is a lineage-based membership service organization for women who are directly descended from a person involved in the United States’ efforts towards independence. A non-profit group, they promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

The group’s sponsorship is specifically meant to help fund the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE).

“The vision for the Mobile Education Exhibit is to be able to bring location volunteers, fundraising groups, community partners, veterans, active duty and children together to highlight generations of service to our country and share stories of the past and present,” said Don Queeney, volunteer and professional driver for the Wreaths Across America MEE. “The sponsorship of the NSDAR is critical in helping us reach this goal, we are grateful for their continued support!”

The MEE will be set up at the DAR National Board of Management meeting on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. DAR Continental Hall, 1776 D. Street, Washington DC.

Interested in hosting an event with Wreaths Across America’s MEE in your hometown? Submit your request for review today!

Give the gift of remembrance this holiday season and sponsor a wreath(s) in honor of a friend, colleague, customer or vendor. It’s the gift no one will want to return!
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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.

35 Veterans Honored with Quilts of Valor

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Unique underwater memorial honors U.S. military veterans

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Airport in Dallas pays tribute as pilot flies home the remains of Vietnam veteran father.

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Gary Sinise Foundation Builds Home for Virginia Veteran.

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Wreaths Across America HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623

Mission Matters Newsletter from Wreaths Across America – July 2019

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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Thank you to all who have shared your stories this month as part of #GivingInJuly. Seeing how you are giving back in your own communities through helping to Remember, Honor and Teach is truly what made my family want to start Wreaths Across America to begin with.

Daily, I am reminded of the impact this mission has on so many people, Americans coming together from all backgrounds to remember a stranger’s loved one. From a Gold Star mom finding peace in knowing someone came to visit her child and said their name, to seeing a Veteran brought to tears as we welcome them home 50 years later. The wreath is the catalyst to help us do this. It bring communities together and helps people put aside their differences for a brief time to focus on all that is good.

I will forever be grateful to play a small part in this incredibly humbling journey that is Wreaths Across America, and look forward to hearing your stories and bringing more people together in this great country.

Remember-Honor-Teach
With gratitude,
Karen Worcester


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Become a Fundraising Group Today!
Do you know a local youth or school group, non profit or civic group needing to raise funds for a field trip, new equipment or uniforms, or even to help pay their bills?

Watch this short video to learn how easy it is to sign up to be a Fundraising Group for a local participating cemetery and earn $5 back for every $15 veteran’s wreath sponsorship raised!

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Wreaths Across America is proud to partner with nonprofits, youth and civic groups, and veteran service organizations across the United States in supporting our nation’s heroes and thanking them for their service. Through our fundraising group efforts, Wreaths Across stimulates other charitable funds by returning $5 of every $15 wreath sponsorship raised. In doing so, we “do good twice,” recognizing the commitment made by veteran service organizations, civic and youth groups, and other nonprofits to support Wreaths Across America by directly giving back to their missions in turn. 
In The News
The Tyson team accepted their award presented by Wreaths Across America Founder Morrill Worcester and his son Rob on July 12 at the 6th Annual Stem to Stone event held in Downeast Maine. 

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Did You Know?
Join more than two million of your fellow Americans on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, and help to remember our fallen, honor them and their families, and teach the next generation the value of freedom.
Help us remember them all. Sponsor a $15 veteran’s wreath today and ensure no one is forgotten.
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.

Army veteran’s dog tags returned 50 years later

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Lost helmet of WWII veteran found in France

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Intern’s efforts bring 3,000 attendees to funeral of Vietnam veteran who had no living relatives

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Elgin veteran honors military, first responders with flag displays

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Wreaths Across America Radio
Have you been listening to Wreaths Across America Radio? Join us now while we celebrate volunteerism in support of America’s military, their families and our veterans as we remember, honor and teach.
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Wreaths Across America HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623

Wreaths Across America Kicks Off Annual Giving in July. Mission Matters – June 2019

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Giving in July for Wreaths Across America is an idea that reminds us to remember and honor our country’s veterans each and every day of the year, not just in December. Like Christmas in July, thinking about the holidays during the summer months provides us with the perfect opportunity to encourage others to get involved early and support not only our mission, but other groups in their communities playing a part to Remember, Honor and Teach.

Our veterans and our current military serve and protect us 365 days a year, providing us with freedoms that we enjoy as citizens every day in this country. More details about this year’s Giving in July effort can be read below. Thank you for your support of the mission year-round.

Remember – Honor – Teach

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester


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Doing Good Twice: Midwest Honor Flight, Sioux Center, IA 
Wreaths Across America is proud to partner with nonprofits and veteran service organizations across the United States in supporting our nation’s heroes and thanking them for their service. Through our fundraising group efforts, Wreaths Across stimulates other charitable funds by returning $5 of every $15 wreath sponsorship raised. In doing so, we “do good twice,” recognizing the commitment made by veteran service organizations and other nonprofits to support Wreaths Across America by directly giving back to their missions in turn.

The Midwest Honor Flight is one of these groups. Read on to hear about the important work they do to honor our nation’s heroes, both living and at rest.

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In The News
Morrill Worcester – who the second person to receive this honor – was recognized for his continued support of veterans and families of the fallen through the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.
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Did You Know?

A portion of every race registration will sponsor a wreath. Can’t join us in Maine? Become a virtual participant and your registration will sponsor two wreaths! You can even designate your sponsored wreath(s) for a specific location or fundraising group. 

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.

Donnie Edwards Brings WWII Vets Back to Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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‘My Way Of Giving Back’: Man On Cross-Country Mission Mows Veterans’ Lawns For Free

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Thrift store owners answer call of duty to serve homeless Veterans

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Staff Sergeant becomes first living Iraq vet to receive Medal of Honor

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Jacksonville Beach mailman spends days off cleaning veterans’ headstones

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Hundreds deliver final salute to unclaimed veteran

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Blind veterans get a flag they can see with their hands

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Veteran Tommy Rieman, who used his body to shield fellow soldier in Iraq, receives free home in Wake County

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Wreaths Across America HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Mission Matters – May 2019

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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As we close out a month dedicated to remembering those who served and sacrificed, I am filled with a sense of hope that more Americans will grow to understand the necessity in teaching future generations what has been sacrificed so that we can all live free.

With the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings next week, there will be many commemorating this incredible event that changed the course of history. We’ve created a short video about what we learned last December when in Normandy we placed 9,389 veterans’ wreaths and said the name of each brave and selfless soldier buried there out loud. I encourage you to watch and share it to help teach others of the importance of what happened on those beaches and why it is so important to never forget.

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Remember – Honor – Teach

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester


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Join us for the First Annual Stem to Stone 5K/10K
Wreaths Across America is already gearing up for summer and our first annual Stem to Stone Run, part of our Veterans Remembrance Program to be held July 13, 2019.

In partnership with CompetitorME, this unique event will be run, walked, or rucked entirely on the tip land where the balsam is harvested to make Veterans’ wreaths for placement in December. You can sign up now for the race length of your choice. A portion of every race registration will sponsor a wreath.

Can’t join us in Maine? Become a virtual participant and your registration will sponsor two wreaths. You can even designate your wreath or wreaths for a specific location or fundraising group. Wreaths counts will be processed in the weeks following the race.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today, start a team, cheer on runners from your state, and support a Location or Group!

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What’s your why? 
Dan Mead serves on the Wreaths Across America Board of Directors and volunteers for the organization as the Director of Operations for Arlington National Cemetery. “I joined the military back in 1991 the day the first missiles flew in Iraq during Desert Storm,” Dan shares of his military service. “I was a U.S. Army Ranger, a paratrooper infantryman.”

Dan is going back again and is already en-route to Northern Ireland with a group of fellow Rangers. Then they’ll be on to France to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the the D-Day Landings. 

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Sponsor Spotlight
Wreaths Across America could not remember, honor, and teach about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military without support from corporate donors. Many of those companies similarly believe that supporting veterans is a daily mindset, not just a one-day special event. Unum Group out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is one such company. Read more.
Did You Know?
The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit is back on the road for the 2019 season!

You can request the the exhibit come to your event here. 

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.

Connect With Us:
   
Contact Us:

Phone: 1 (877) 385 9504 
Email: helpdesk@wreathsacrossamerica.org

Wreaths Across America HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623

Recognize And Reflect During Military Appreciation Month. Mission Matters – April 2019

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With Military Appreciation Month fast approaching, we take time to reflect upon the sacrifices
made by our military, veterans, and their families. Culminating on Memorial Day, National Military Appreciation Month stands as an opportunity to remember, honor, and teach in very tangible ways.
While many Americans will take advantage of the warming weather and beautiful blooming
trees to celebrate an unofficial start to summer, at Wreaths Across America, we share in the
unity this month grants to continue to recognize our nation’s military and veterans. We’d like to
offer ideas of how you can support the military, veterans, and their families in your own
communities.

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Remember – Honor – Teach

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester

April Photo Contest Winners
This April we once again recognized the sacrifices and service of military families by hosting a Month of The Military Child Photo Contest. Congratulations to our winners:
300 sponsored wreaths: Bridgeport Cemetery in Bridgeport, WV
200 sponsored wreaths: Bridgeport Cemetery in Bridgeport, WV 
100 sponsored wreaths: Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS 

Monthly Features

Young Wreaths Volunteer Dedicates Book to Morrill Worcester

Third grader August Landuyt shares his part in the mission.
Trucking Tribute – TransLand, Inc.- Missouri

Learn about professional driver Henry Grider, a Vietnam Veteran and his experience with Wreaths Across America
Did you know? Monthly Giving Is Now Available
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.
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​​​​​​​Each month, we’ll share stories from across the country of the different ways to #PlayAPart2019.
This memorial was 100 years in the making. Learn more.
Gold Star Mom shares her inspirational story in Baton Rouge. Read more.
Fort Benning, birthplace of America’s Airborne, hosted an annual gathering of former paratroopers with a wreath laying.Read more. 
A group of students paid tribute at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Watch video.
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Wreaths Across America HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623

Wreaths Across America Mission Matters – March 2019

The monthly newsletter from the Wreaths Across America that we received a few days ago.


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As the snow slowly starts to melt here in Maine, we are reminded that warmer days are near and gratefully welcome Spring and this season of new growth.

Over the last month, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with core volunteers from around the country to hear first hand how the mission of Wreaths Across America resonates with them and in their communities all year round. The WAA team learned more from each of these dedicated volunteers than we could ever teach them. The takeaway was a renewed sense of passion and excitement to reach more people and share the stories of our nation’s heroes.

During this season, I encourage you to take stock of how you can contribute in your own communities. No part is too small when done with purpose.

To all our dedicated, thoughtful, passionate volunteers around the world…thank you!

Remember – Honor – Teach

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester

Medal of Honor Recipient 50th Anniversary Ceremony
March 19, 2019 marked the 50th Anniversary of the date Thomas J. McMahon was killed in action in Vietnam. Wreaths Across America recognized his service, and that of his fellow Vietnam veterans.
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Now you can follow along with Gold Star Mother, Cathy Powers, on her journey to run 1,000 miles across 50 states in honor of her son, Bryce.

Stay up-to-date on her mission by following her page on Facebook: Cathy Powers – Running Fir Wreaths.

Most recently, she visited New Salem Elementary School in North Carolina.

Check it out!
Stem to Stone 5k/10k and Virtual Run
Can’t make it to Maine for our Stem to Stone run? Participate from your own course wherever you are! Your race registration cost will sponsor veterans’ wreaths for the Location or Fundraising Group you designate on National Wreaths Across America Day 2019.
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Sponsor A Wreath
What does it mean to sponsor a veteran’s wreath? It means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans.

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Trucking Tribute – Poland Spring
Our trucking partners are selfless, compassionate, and deeply patriotic. Trucking Tributes calls attention to their service and dedication to the mission to remember, honor and teach. Scott Edwards is a spring-haul team member for Poland Spring. He participated in the Annual Wreath Escort to Arlington National Cemetery in 2014 as a member of the Honor Fleet, and he shared the experience with his then 11-year-old son Colin. Read about his journey.
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That through the FREE Remembrance Tree Program, you can have a custom dog tag made for a loved one who served and have it placed on a live balsam tree in Maine where the balsam tips are harvested to make veterans’ wreaths each year? It’s a great way to honor your hero.
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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA RADIO

There are many ways to listen to “Wreaths Across America Radio” including on your Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or any device that has Alexa enabled. Just say, “Alexa, play “Wreaths Across America Radio” and she will begin playing our live stream.
Everyone Plays A Part
The 10 balsam bouquets comprising each veterans’ 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.
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​​​​​​​Each month, we’ll share stories from across the country of the different ways to #PlayAPart2019.
An Air Force veteran turned civilian professional photographer has almost taken portraits of over 7,000 veterans in 27 states during 135 events. Read more. 
Preston Sharp, 13, has been traveling the country to honor veterans’ gravesites. Read about his most recent stop at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
A Columbus elementary teacher taught students how to properly dispose of the American flag. Read more.
Flags for Vets gives new flagpoles and flags to Veterans free of charge. Read about their recent trip to Camp Hill, PA. ​​​​​​​
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Wreaths Across America HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623