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FINAL REMINDER: USNSCC Arkansas Division – Wreaths Across America Fundraiser

From our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division.


Hello Everyone,
I can’t believe how fast this year has flown, as the holidays are already here again. As many of you know, one of our annual fundraisers is Wreaths Across America.
Wreaths Across America is a great way to Honor and Remember our fellow Veterans by laying remembrance wreaths on their graves.
Each wreath is $15.  Arkansas Division gets $5 per wreath that we sale with our Group ID code.
So please help us to decorate San Francisco National Cemetery with as many wreaths as possible by spreading the word, making each wreath sold a win, win.
Group ID code: CA0142P
    Our direct link is set up with our code, but just in case it isn’t there I included it also.
Thank you so much for supporting Arkansas Division and Wreaths Across America!
IS3 Garza

Laying Wreaths in Normandy (Video/Photos)

A reminder of this Wreaths Across America fundraiser for our cadets.


Wreaths Across America

Thank You

Dear Sponsors:

I just returned from a wonderful weekend where I witnessed, for the first time in history, veterans’ wreaths being placed on the graves of every American hero at the Normandy-American Cemetery in France. The lives touched by those lives given were demonstrated not only by Americans laying wreaths but also from people that had traveled from all over Europe to participate.

I will never forget the sight; Hundreds of people from the most diverse backgrounds imaginable, coming together in the bitter wind and rain to place wreaths made from Maine balsam and say the name of each veteran in many different accents. To give you a better idea of the beauty this very first Wreaths Across America ceremony in Normandy, I’d like to share with you a short video:

Wreaths Laid at Normandy

You are an important part of the journey from the first wreath laid at Arlington National Cemetery over 25 years ago to the most recent wreath laid in Normandy this past weekend. When you sponsored 4 wreaths in 2017 for San Francisco National Cemetery at Presidio and supporting CA0142P – United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Arkansas Division, you joined with thousands of others in our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach across our Nation and now across an ocean.

Sometimes the impact of a gift like yours is best demonstrated in the simplest of stories. As our founder, Morrill Worcester, walked among the fallen in Normandy, he discovered the gravesite of Lawrence Olson from near Morrill’s home in Washington County, Maine. Lawrence enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 11, 1942, and served as a Private First Class, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. When he was killed in action, he was noted as being single and without dependents. Now 76 years later, Lawrence was honored and remembered by a man and a wreath from his home county; His name spoken aloud once more and his story continuing into a new generation.

Every wreath you sponsor takes a similar journey that begins in Maine and ends with an American hero being honored for the sacrifices that provide our freedoms and, indeed, the pursuit and protection of freedom around the world. You may also change your previous order or explore other options for wreaths sponsorships by clicking one of these links:

Quick Sponsorship All Sponsorship Options

If you would like to witness, first-hand, the meaning of your sponsorships, we would be honored if would join us as a volunteer for National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Click Search Locations to find the cemetery that is best for you and your loved ones.

To give you a feeling of what Wreaths Across America Day is like, I am also including some of my favorite photos from last weekend in Normandy below. I cannot thank you enough for remembering America’s heroes wherever they may rest by supporting San Francisco National Cemetery at Presidio and CA0142P – United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Arkansas Division. We hope to see you on Saturday, December 15, 2018. My very best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season,

Amber Caron
Communications Director
Wreaths Across America
www.wreathsacrossamerica.org

 


 

WAA Advances the Mission to Normandy

For the very first time, Wreaths Across America, along with volunteers from Kansas, Maine, Texas, Ohio and Maryland, and from countries like Ireland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands came together to place veterans’ wreaths for our American heroes at Normandy-American Cemetery in France.

9,387 Heroes Honored in Normandy

2018 is the first year Wreaths Across America has placed our Maine-made wreaths on foreign soil, by traveling to Normandy-American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Our founder, Morrill Worcester, personally donated the 9,387 needed to honor each person buried there.
WAA Founder Honors a Local Hero 5,000 Miles from Home

WAA founder Morrill Worcester places a fresh, live balsam wreath at the gravesite of Lawrence Colson from Washington County, Maine. Lawrence served as a Private First Class, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II and was “Killed In Action” in France.
WAA Lands on Utah Beach

During our recent trip to remember American heroes interred in Normandy, WAA had the honor of placing a wreath on Utah Beach, one site of the D-Day Landings on June 6, 1944.
A Moving Ceremony on Distant Shores

In a moving ceremony, Wreaths Across America supporters gathered in the wind and rain to honor the men and women who died overseas while advancing the cause of freedom during WWII.
Far from Home, Forever in Our Hearts

Whether at Arlington, in our hometowns or on foreign soil, Wreaths Across America is continuing to work towards one day honoring all of our heroes and we hope you’ll join us.

The Meaning Of Your Wreaths From 2017

Another reminder of this up=coming event, which is also a fundraiser for our local cadets.


Dear Michael and Lisa Barbour:

I’m writing with heartfelt thanks for sponsoring the wreaths that were placed at San Francisco National Cemetery at Presidio in 2017, which also supported our fundraising group, CA0142P – United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Arkansas Division. Your gift holds special importance especially to the family members of the fallen and to our volunteers that placed your wreaths. Here’s my personal story that explains the meaning of your generosity:

Several years ago on National Wreaths Across America Day, as I placed the last available wreath on the last available grave, a man approached me and asked, “What about my son?” It was in that moment that I fully understood the importance of each and every wreath. This video tells the full story:

Why We Place Wreaths? | 1:00 Minute Story

As a veteran, I truly appreciate every single wreath sponsored. To sponsor veterans’ wreaths this year as well as support CA0142P – United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Arkansas Division, please click on one of the links below:

Repeat Your Sponsorship Quick Sponsorship All Sponsorship Options

To show you where your sponsorship will “go,” I’ve included some of my favorite pictures from Wreaths Day. Thank you so much for honoring and remembering our heroes who have served and sacrificed for all of us.

My very best wishes for a happy holiday season,

Wayne Hanson
Chairman of the Board, Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America

P.S. National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, December 15, 2018. To participate in a wreath-laying ceremony, please click Search Locations.


Wreaths Across America Photos Nationwide
Wreath at Unknown Soldier Marker
Wreaths with Fall Leaves on Ground
Snowy Tree
Santa Honors Our Vets
Wreaths at Perfect Angle
Girl in Red Coat Placing Wreath
Desert and Mountain Wreaths
Wreaths Sunset
Wreath in Hand
Ceremonial Wreaths
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REMINDER: USNSCC Arkansas Division – Wreaths Across America Fundraiser

From our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division.


Hello Everyone,
I can’t believe how fast this year has flown, as the holidays are already here again. As many of you know, one of our annual fundraisers is Wreaths Across America.
Wreaths Across America is a great way to Honor and Remember our fellow Veterans by laying remembrance wreaths on their graves.
Each wreath is $15.  Arkansas Division gets $5 per wreath that we sale with our Group ID code.
So please help us to decorate San Francisco National Cemetery with as many wreaths as possible by spreading the word, making each wreath sold a win, win.
Group ID code: CA0142P
    Our direct link is set up with our code, but just in case it isn’t there I included it also.
Thank you so much for supporting Arkansas Division and Wreaths Across America!
IS3 Garza

Mission Matters: News From Wreaths Across America – November 2018

From the Wreaths Across America.


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Please watch this special message from executive director and dedicated volunteer Karen Worcester
Wreaths Across America Advances its Mission to Normandy

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Wreaths Across America will, for the first time, place 9,387 Maine-made, balsam veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of all U.S. service members laid to rest at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, located in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

At the same time, Across the North Atlantic ocean, a 5 ft Freedom Wreath will be placed at the Liberation Monument located at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, to commemorate this historic event.

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“On this day, the Wreaths Across America Freedom Wreath is placed simultaneously with wreaths being placed on headstones of 9,387 fallen U.S. Heroes at Normandy-American Cemetery and Memorial in France,” explains Wreaths Across America’s Executive Director Karen Worcester. “We do this to honor and remember all who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of liberty and freedom. To quote Winston Churchill, ‘never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’”
Escort to Arlington Hits the Road!

The Wreaths Across America annual escort of handmade, balsam wreaths heading to Arlington National Cemetery from Maine has become known as the country’s longest veterans’ parade, and this year, the weeklong journey kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 8. Grand Marshal – National President of American Gold Star Mothers Inc., Becky Christmas – will lead the caravan as it travels down the East Coast stopping at schools, memorials and other locations along the way to spread the mission to REMEMBER, HONOR and TEACH.
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​​​​​​​ The escort is scheduled to make stops in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C. before arriving at Arlington National Cemetery on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 15 – National Wreaths Across America Day.

Chevrolet, who has generously sponsored the escort vehicles transporting participating Gold Star families and veterans for the last four years, will again provide 12 wrapped vehicles in addition to sponsoring 4,000 wreaths for Arlington.

“Our support of the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor and Teach has become a touching annual tradition to Chevrolet and its employees,” said Dan Adamcheck, regional director, sales, service and marketing for Chevrolet. “There is nothing like the patriotism we experience during the escort to Arlington and we are truly looking forward to this year’s events.”

We hope to see you on the road!

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Sponsor Veterans’ Wreaths
We’re on a mission to remember, honor and teach. Join us by sponsoring a wreath to be placed in honor of a veteran this December. We’ll ensure that their sacrifice is remembered yet again and passed on to a new generation of Americans.
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From this small but dedicated staff in Columbia Falls, Maine, we want to say THANK YOU for your support. The mission to Remember, Honor and Teach, means so much to so many and with the help of our incredible volunteers and sponsors, we are able to touch many more.

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Wreaths Across America only places LIVE balsam wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day.

Why? Because we do not “decorate” headstones. We are honoring all veterans and active military members by placing live wreaths on the headstones of veterans. The 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.

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It’s Not What We DO, But WHY We Do It

By Wayne Hanson, Chairman of the Board

Growing up in Maine from third grade through college, I was always interested in history, especially American History. In fact my degree from the University of Maine in 1967, was a Bachelor of Science in Education majoring in Physical Education with minors in History and English.

Today, I find myself back in Maine at Wreaths Across America’s Headquarters preparing for a trip to France on Wednesday. Now, I have never been to France, or even that part of Europe at all. However I have the pleasure of traveling to France as part of WAA’s advancing its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach by participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France to remember and honor the 9,387 American veterans who died in the World War II D-Day landings and ensuing operations at Normandy.

I have been involved as a volunteer with Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery since 1993 and have been a member of WAA’s Board of Directors since 2007. Over that period of time, I have come to know Morrill Worcester as a dedicated patriot with a desire to place a wreath on every one of our fallen American military veterans’ markers Nationwide. Not only has Morrill wanted to place a wreath on every marker Nationwide, but he has also had the dream of doing so to remember and honor those American service member who perished overseas fighting to secure the freedoms of those who were oppressed. Historically, WAA has sponsored locally-made wreaths for 26 foreign cemeteries. But for the first time ever, this Saturday, December 1, Morrill Worcester’s donated Maine made balsam fir Veterans’ Wreaths will be placed on the markers of those veterans buried at the Normandy American Cemetery in France, and I’ll be standing with him there to place the first one.

To see how this program has grown and watch the dedication and commitment of those who support its mission is truly incredible. I am honored to have been part of Wreaths Across America’s story and its future.

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Don’t Miss: “Reports From The Road”on the Annual Wreath Escort to Arlington National Cemetery as we Remember, Honor and Teach. 

Tune in for the Wreaths Across America Morning Show with Michael W. Hale
6-9 AM EST
www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radioor pick us up on one of your favorite apps!
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Phone: 1 (877) 385 9504
Email: helpdesk@wreathsacrossamerica.org

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

REMINDER: USNSCC Arkansas Division – Wreaths Across America Fundraiser

From our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division.


Hello Everyone,
I can’t believe how fast this year has flown, as the holidays are already here again. As many of you know, one of our annual fundraisers is Wreaths Across America.
Wreaths Across America is a great way to Honor and Remember our fellow Veterans by laying remembrance wreaths on their graves.
Each wreath is $15.  Arkansas Division gets $5 per wreath that we sale with our Group ID code.
So please help us to decorate San Francisco National Cemetery with as many wreaths as possible by spreading the word, making each wreath sold a win, win.
Group ID code: CA0142P
    Our direct link is set up with our code, but just in case it isn’t there I included it also.
Thank you so much for supporting Arkansas Division and Wreaths Across America!
IS3 Garza

REMINDER: USNSCC Arkansas Division – Wreaths Across America Fundraiser

From our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division.


Hello Everyone,
I can’t believe how fast this year has flown, as the holidays are already here again. As many of you know, one of our annual fundraisers is Wreaths Across America.
Wreaths Across America is a great way to Honor and Remember our fellow Veterans by laying remembrance wreaths on their graves.
Each wreath is $15.  Arkansas Division gets $5 per wreath that we sale with our Group ID code.
So please help us to decorate San Francisco National Cemetery with as many wreaths as possible by spreading the word, making each wreath sold a win, win.
Group ID code: CA0142P
    Our direct link is set up with our code, but just in case it isn’t there I included it also.
Thank you so much for supporting Arkansas Division and Wreaths Across America!
IS3 Garza