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Remember and Honor This Memorial Day: Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters Newsletter

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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This Memorial Day, and always, we REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH about those who have served and sacrificed for our freedoms and for the families they left behind.

Now, as many communities around our country cancel traditional plans, it is perhaps more important than ever that we take the time to observe Memorial Day in the spirit it was intended. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is not “the unofficial start of summer” as so many believe, but is a day for remembering all men and women who have died in military service for the United States.

You may be concerned that the sacrifice made by those brave men and women will go unnoticed this year if your community has to cancel Memorial Day observations or limit attendance at ceremonies. That doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some ways you can continue to REMEMBER and HONOR this Memorial Day:

Say Their Names.
When a volunteer places a wreath on a veteran’s grave on National Wreaths Across America Day, we encourage them to speak that veteran’s name aloud, thank them for their service and sacrifice, and reflect on that person and their life. This solemn and moving moment is one of the most important aspects of National Wreaths Across America Day. In fact, we encourage our volunteers at every participating location to perform this action for every veteran, even if they do not have a wreath dedicated to each veteran at their location.

This Memorial Day, consider taking a similar moment to honor the fallen veterans in your community by sharing their names or stories. This is a simple action that can easily be performed virtually if you are unable to hold in-person events in your community. Try creating a short video and sharing it on social media or encourage families in your community to contribute photos, names, and stories of the veterans in their lives.

Honor a Loved One Through the Remembrance Tree Program.
Wreaths Across America established the Veteran’s Remembrance Tree Program as another way to remember and honor our veterans. In Columbia Falls, Maine, where the balsam tips are harvested each year to be made into the wreaths that are placed on veteran’s graves, Gold Star Families may participate in the Remembrance Tree Program by finding a tree that will become a living memorial to their loved one and placing a customized dog tag on the trunk of the evergreen tree. These trees are kept in production and their balsam tips are harvested every three years and made into veterans’ wreaths that are placed each December. Participation in this program is FREE and open to all families who have had a loved one in the military.

Give the Gift of Remembrance.
With every $15 veteran’s wreath sponsorship, you have the opportunity to dedicate it “In Memory Of” a friend or loved one who served. In addition to placing the wreaths each December on National Wreaths Across America day, Wreaths Across America hosts a virtual “ Remember Wall” for each participating location. You can post photos, memories and personal messages on these pages as a year-round display of remembrance.

To further honor our veterans this year, we’ll be sharing a selection of the “Remember Wall” messages on the Wreaths Across America Official social media pages over the coming days/weeks. If you’d like to participate, start your sponsorship here or search for the Wreaths Across America location you wish to support.

No matter how you remember and honor this weekend, we hope you do so with gratitude for those who were willing to sacrifice for this country and all who call her home of the free…because of the brave.

Remember. Honor. Teach. #AmericaStrong

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New TEACH Series – Stories of Character, Courage and Sacrifice

Wreaths Across America is proud to partner with American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., to share a new TEACH series focusing on CHARACTER.

Starting this week, we’ll be sharing this special project, which includes interviews with Gold Star parents across the country and our executive director Karen Worcester, on our Official Facebook page. Oftentimes we’ll see Karen’s 12-year-old grandson, Miles, join in the conversation to learn about these American heroes and the courage and sacrifice that both they and their families endure.

We hope you will watch, share, and help TEACH the next generation about these extraordinary men and women and the families who keep their memory alive everyday.

Join one of Stem to Stone VIRTUAL 5K Races

Run, walk, ruck, and roll to REMEMBER, safely, on your own course and on your own time.

Each race registration will place a veteran’s wreath this December, at the location of your choosing. Participants will receive a race bib where they can write who they are running to remember, a finishers medal, and an event t-shirt.

Saturday, May 23 – Arkansas Register Today
Saturday, June 13 – Colorado Register Today
Saturday, June 20 – Nevada Register Today

Help support your community, get outside and be part of a fun, virtual fundraising event!

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Wreaths Across America Radio LIVE on RadioNemo, Sirius/XM Channel 146, Road Dog Trucking Radio

Tune in tomorrow Friday, May 22, at 10:05am EST! Wreaths Across America Radio’s Michael W. Hale joins Jimmy Mac on SiriusXM on the Dave Nemo Show for their Remember, Honor, Teach segment. They’ll be joined by USMC veteran, and Gold Star Dad, Mike Stansbery with J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

Save The Date: Giving In July Virtual Concert
July 19, 2020
7:00 PM (EDT)

Giving in July virtual concert, with musical guests live from Nashville and special guests from across the country sharing their stories of how the mission to REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH impacts their local community.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks – we hope you’ll join us!

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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. 


WWII veteran celebrates 94th birthday with parade

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Local Veteran Given New Roof by Local Charities

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Thousands of bikers in Circleville take ‘one last ride’ for veteran with stage 4 lung cancer

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Florida teen belts out national anthem to entertain neighborhood during coronavirus lockdown

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Watch & Teach: #WePledgeAllegiance Challenge + More! Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters Newsletter

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This past weekend, I had the honor of representing the Wreaths Across America family, surrounded by many of my own family, in a network morning news segment detailing our #WePledgeAllegiance challenge. The goal of sharing this message with a national audience was to serve as a reminder that now, more than ever, it is so important for us to come together as Americans.

As we head into May – a month devoted to honoring our nation’s military and their families – and we remain at home teaching our youth from kitchen tables, I encourage you that now is the time to TEACH your children the pledge of allegiance and what the flag stands for.  And most important, help them to learn about the men and women who have served and sacrificed for this country so that all who live here may remain free.️

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester
Executive Director

We want to hear from you and your community – join us in the #WePledgeAllegiance Challenge. Record your child(ren) reciting the pledge, tag Wreaths Across America official Facebook page and use the hashtag #WePledgeAllegiance.

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Save The Date
Sunday, July 19, 2020 – LIVE from around the nation!
Wreaths Across America’s Giving in July Concert
This LIVE VIRTUAL event will stream on Facebook and will include live entertainment by music stars and dedications from around the country.

Performers and special guests to be announced in May – stay tuned!


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KID’S CORNER

13-year-old Elise Ketler is a student at the Ryan Gloyer Middle School in Pennsylvania. Elise says her Mom discovered Wreaths Across America on the internet and she participated in her first wreath-laying activities at Arlington National Cemetery in 2017 when she was in sixth grade. Elise raised enough money in 2018 to place 111 wreaths and last year she raised enough to cover 258 headstones.

To hear Elise’s story, tune in to Wreaths Across America Radio on Friday, May 1, 2020, during the LIVE Morning Show 6-10 am EST. Listen live at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio or download the app to your phone and listen anywhere!

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In 2019, 4,078 Sponsorship Groups raised funds to sponsor veterans’ wreaths to be placed on the headstones of our nation’s military service members at 2,158 participating locations?

More than half these groups include youth and military service organizations, civic, community and athletic groups, corporate and educational programs and more. With each $15 wreath sponsored, groups are raising $5 back for their own community programs.

Find a Sponsorship Group in your community and help do good twice with your $15 by honoring a veteran AND giving back to your local community. Or, sign up to fundraise as your own Sponsorship Group in 2020.

Featured Fundraiser: Stem to Stone VIRTUAL 5K Races

Each registration will place a veteran’s wreath this December at the location of your choosing. Runners will also receive a race bib where they can write who they are running to remember, a finishers medal, and the first 200 registrants will receive an event t-shirt.

Help support your community, get outside and be part of a fun, safe, virtual fundraising event!

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LISTEN TO WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA RADIO – ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!
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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. 


John Cena Pays for Retired Veteran’s Groceries at Publix in Florida

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Man honors veteran who died from COVID-19 with taps

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New York City police grocery shop for elderly Korean War veteran stuck inside

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Son surprises 101-year-old veteran father with drive-by birthday party

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#WePledgeAllegiance Challenge + More! Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters Newsletter

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I know people in our great nation are struggling to make sense of this health epidemic brought about by COVID-19, or the Coronavirus.

I speak for both myself and the entire extended Wreaths Across America family when expressing our deep appreciation to those of you who remain on the front lines treating the ill, and fighting the spread – from the health care workers to the professional truck drivers and first responders, and all those essential individuals doing their part to keep America moving and safe, thank you.

Many times throughout our history, we’ve been called together as Americans to sacrifice and fight for our nation. Our mission to remember, honor, and teach is as important as ever and our staff and
volunteers are working to provide you with useful and educational information.

We’re using our technology channels already in place which include, Wreaths Across America
Radio, our blog and social media pages. We’ll be sharing ideas and activities with you
throughout the coming weeks to help keep your family active and connected to your communities, safely.

As always, be kind to one another and understand we’re in this together. As our slogan for 2020
reminds us, “Be An American Worth Fighting For.”

Remember. Honor. Teach. #AmericaStrong🇺🇸️

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester
Executive Director

#WePledgeAllegiance Challenge

During this time of national crisis and uncertainty, it is clear people are turning to social media to gain a sense of community and maybe even learn something along the way.

Given that children and educators (and now parents) are schooling from home, we thought one way Wreaths Across America could provide some positivity during this time is to continue to live the mission and help TEACH!

We’ve started an easy, educational, patriotic challenge that encourages kids and families to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. We want to hear from you and your community – join us in the #WePledgeAllegiance Challenge. Record your child(ren) reciting the pledge, tag Wreaths Across America and use the hashtag #WePledgeAllegiance.

Below, is a short video by our own beloved WAA Museum curator and retired school teacher, Mrs. Willey, teaching us all a lesson on the meaning behind the Pledge of Allegiance. If you have a few minutes to watch, please do!

It is so important, now, more than ever, that we feel connected to something greater than ourselves.


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KID’S CORNER

Kid’s Corner will be featured on our website blog and in our monthly newsletter. Tune into Wreaths Radio during Fun Fridays to hear our youth announcers. You won’t want to miss it

Antonya Prior, who goes by Tony, is a high school sophomore in Indiana. Tony has been attending Wreaths Across America wreath-laying events with her Grandma since she was in 4th grade, and now she’s a dedicated volunteer.

To hear Antonya (Tony) Prior’s story, tune in to Wreaths Across America Radio on Friday, March 27, 2020, during the LIVE Morning Show 6-10 am EST. Listen live at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio or download the app to your phone and listen anywhere!

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Featured Fundraiser: Stem to Stone VIRTUAL 5K Races

Run to Remember, safely, on your own course and your own time.

Each race registration will place a veteran’s wreath next December at the location of your choosing. Runners will also receive a race bib where they can write who they are running to remember, a finishers medal, and the first 200 registrants will receive an event t-shirt.

College Station, Texas – Sunday, April 19
Tampa, Florida – Saturday, April 25

Help support your community, get outside and be part of a fun, virtual fundraising event!

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Wreaths Across America Radio LIVE on RadioNemo, Sirius/XM Channel 146, Road Dog Trucking Radio
Tune in tomorrow Friday, March 27, at 10:45am EST! Michael W. Hale, Morning Show Host for Wreaths Across America Radio, along with Don Queeney, Director of Transportation for Wreaths Across America will join in on the conversation with Jimmy Mac.

#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. 


Army veteran receives mortgage-free Newport News home

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Brockton veteran died without family, but hundreds turn out for funeral

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Maine men transform trailers into temporary homes for veterans

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Veteran’s widow grateful for new roof

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

Radio Nemo Announcement + More! Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters

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Stem To Stone Race Tour

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Maine-based race company CompetitorME. Together, the team will be hosting eight 5K road races in 2020 to help build awareness for Wreaths Across America’s mission while supporting fundraising in local markets!

Each race registration sponsors a veteran’s wreath that will be placed next December at the location of the registrants’ choosing by designating the Location or Group ID during registration. This includes ‘Virtual Race’ participants who can take part in any of the events from their own hometown.

We hope to see you out at one of the race courses this year!

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$12.6 Million*

In 2007, Wreaths Across America expanded its annual wreath placement event to enable groups and organizations to support Arlington National Cemetery and other local, participating cemeteries across the country. The Group Sponsorship Program was established to benefit other like-minded charities, community programs, and civic groups through the sale of wreath sponsorships.

We invite your group or organization to help us remember and honor our American heroes and teach the next generation, through raising sponsorships for wreaths to place on veteran graves this December 19th, 2020. As a Wreaths Across America Group Sponsorship partner, your organization can receive $5-of-each-$15 wreath sponsorship to support your important work, while supporting our mission as well.

*The total amount WAA has given back to other groups and nonprofits since 2007.

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Wreaths Across America Radio Joining Forces with RadioNemo on Sirius/XM Channel 146, Road Dog Trucking Radio

RadioNemo can be heard each weekday on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Road Dog Trucking Channel 146 from 7-11am EST.

Starting on Friday, February 28, at 10am EST, Michael W. Hale, the Morning Show Host for Wreaths Across America Radio, will join in on the conversation. Michael will co-host a monthly half-hour segment with Jimmy Mac to share all things WAA and have special guests join in!

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KID’S CORNER

Kid’s Corner will be featured on our website blog and in our monthly newsletter. Tune into Wreaths Radio during Fun Fridays to hear our youth announcers. You won’t want to miss it!

To hear Max Sisk-Arkansas’ story, tune in to Wreaths Across America Radio on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, during the LIVE Morning Show 6-10 am EST. Listen live at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio or download the app to your phone and listen anywhere!

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Featured Fundraiser: A Cruise To Remember

Sponsorship Group Arlington Wreath Project (MD0444)  is coordinating a cruise in support of the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor and Teach at Arlington National Cemetery in 2020. Passengers will sail away to the Bahamas and Coco Cay while raising funds to support wreath sponsorships.

Please reach book through Royal Caribbean Group Specialist Daniel Castro at 1-800-465-3595, Option #5, Option #1, EXT. 13440. Group ID #3787639

#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. 


Gary Sinise honored with award from Congressional Medal of Honor Society for helping veterans

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‘Life changes fast’: People in Nebraska, Kansas donate to give power chair to veteran

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‘I Hope it Makes Them Happy,’ Volunteers Send Valentines to Deployed Marines

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For Patriot Guard Riders, service is all about the ’emotional paycheck’

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2020 Theme & We Need Your Feedback! Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters

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2020 Theme – Be an American Worth Fighting For

This year’s theme was inspired by Staff Sgt. Daniel Strong and his keynote address during the 2018 escort to Arlington at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Monty Tech), located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. As an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps, he lost 18 Marines during his service, three were his friends when he was a Lance Corporal, six as their Squad Leader, and the remaining nine as their Platoon Sergeant. Each impacted SSgt. Strong in a unique way as he witnessed first-hand what true sacrifice was and experienced the ripple effect it has on all involved.
SSgt. Strong’s raw emotion was felt by all on that cold December day, as he spoke about his strong conviction to teach his JROTC students to exemplify, on a daily basis, the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach. “Be an American worth the sacrifice. In your daily operations, and in how you deal with one another and how you live your life,” said SSgt. Strong. “Those young men and women who are in Arlington National Cemetery and other cemeteries, they earned the right for you to be an American worth fighting for.”
We want to hear from you!
Did you play a part in the mission last year? If so, we want to hear and learn from you. Please take a few minutes to provide feedback to help make 2020 the best year yet!
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How can you Join the Mission in 2020?

Start a Sponsorship Group
Your civic, nonprofit, school or other group can help raise wreath sponsorships for Arlington or your local cemetery. A portion of the funds can be returned to help your group. We offer resources and assistance to ensure your success!

Add a New Location
Coordinate a wreath-laying ceremony at a cemetery or veteran’s memorial in your town. Determine if this location is already participating by checking our website. We have resources to help you plan your ceremony!

Volunteer
Volunteer to place wreaths on a veteran’s grave at any of our 2,100+ participating locations. Involve your friends and family to honor our servicemen, women and families.

Sponsor a Wreath
Honor veterans in your local community by sponsoring a wreath that will be placed on a veteran’s grave. You choose the location. Groups can get involved as a fundraising project.


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Sponsor Spotlight:
MISSION BBQ

Join us on Facebook LIVE on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at 12pm EST for the MISSION BBQ Check Presentation, when we will announce the total funds raised this year from our Annual Heroes Cup Campaign!

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NEW Feature: Kid’s Corner

Kid’s Corner will be featured on our website blog and in our monthly newsletter. Tune into Wreaths Radio during Fun Fridays to hear our youth announcers. You won’t want to miss it!

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10-year-old Gwen Giles is a grade-school student at Hodgdon elementary in northern Maine. Last year, she encouraged her principal to invite American Gold Star Mother, Lorna Harris, to speak at her school. Lorna’s son, SPC Dustin J. Harris was killed in action in Iraq in 2006. The families are close and Gwen often speaks of “Uncle Dustin.” Together, they made a veteran’s wreath explaining the symbolism associated with the balsam bouquets, its circular shape, and single red bow. “My Mom was a big help in this,” Gwen shared. “Mr. Oliver reached out to talk to Mom about it, and then Mom reached out to Lorna.” Gwen continued, “Lorna came in and did a really wonderful presentation. Usually when we do a school presentation, everybody is a lot more talkative, but everybody that was there was really respectful. I think it helped a lot of people kind of get the meaning of what Veterans Day is all about, and what Wreaths Across America does, and why it’s important to keep people remembered.”

#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. 


Chelmsford Girl Scouts lay wreaths at veterans’ graves

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Aurora students write letters to military men and women as part of MLK Day service project

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Christian McCaffrey helping send a veteran to the Super Bowl

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Community celebrates local veteran, family moving into new home

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Supporters Lay Veteran to Rest

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Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters – December 2019

The monthly newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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On behalf of the Wreaths Across America organization and its extended family of volunteers and supporters across the country, we want to thank YOU for your support of the Mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve and their families and Teach the next generation the value of freedom.

With each of the 2.2 million sponsored veterans’ wreaths placed on Dec. 14 by nearly 3 million volunteers, an American hero’s name was spoken out loud so they would not be forgotten. There was also an opportunity to teach, not just the children, but the communities as a whole, about their local history and heritage.

As we head into this holiday season, may we all take the time to remember and thank those who served and sacrificed protecting our freedoms, as well as those currently serving, so that we can celebrate as we wish in the land of the free because of the brave.

Wishing you all a safe, and joyous holiday season!

Wayne Hanson, Chairman of the Board
& Karen Worcester, Executive Director
Wreaths Across America

National Wreaths Across America Day 2019
To view or submit photos from this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day, please follow the link below!
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Advancing the mission overseas – Luxembourg and the Netherlands!

2019 also saw the continued expansion of the mission overseas with the placement of more than 13,000 veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of our WWII heroes laid to rest at Luxembourg American Cemetery and Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial. These locations were fitting given the recent 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge as most of those resting in the two cemeteries were casualties of this battle.

We are proud to continue to expand this mission until one day, all those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms are honored.

It’s never too early or too late to give the gift of remembrance. Sponsor a $15 veteran’s wreath today as a gift for the holidays and ensure an American hero is honored next December.

Find a Location near you or Local Fundraising Group to support by visiting www.wreathsacrossamerica.org

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Monthly Features

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.

Here is a small sampling of some amazing stories captured over the last couple of weeks. Thank you to all who played a part, on Dec. 14, and all year long. #PlayAPart2019.

Wreaths Across America 2019 – Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

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Will’s Wreaths: Plainfield boy on mission to honor each grave at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

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Many showed up to remember Vietnam veteran who died with no known living family member

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Wreaths Across America – Florida National Cemetery – Bushnell, FL

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WMAR-2 News joins Wreaths across America at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery

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Arlington National Cemetery – Wreaths Across America 2019

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Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters – November 2019

The deadline to sponsor a wreath is 02 December.


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As we kick off the week of Thanksgiving, I’d like to take a moment to thank you for your support of our veterans, active military and their families, Gold Star families and our mission to Remember, Honor, Teach.

Today, I am beyond excited to share that we have a record number of participating locations taking part in this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day – 2,095! That’s more than 450 new locations joining the mission in their own community. Odds are there is a location close by that you can participate in and/or support. Here’s a link to find one near you.

The Wreaths Across America program was started after a simple gesture of thanks struck a chord of patriotism and spread across the country. What’s more American than over 2 million volunteers and their communities supporting a mission that can impact the minds of children with patriotism that they will carry forward into the future?

Everyone plays a part, and I speak from the bottom of my heart when I say how grateful I am for your support – this mission matters.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Karen Worcester

Sponsor A Wreath
Reminder: December 2 is the last day to sponsor a wreath for National Wreaths Across America Day 2019.
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2019 Escort to Arlington Announced!

The county’s longest veterans’ parade – Wreaths Across America’s annual escort to Arlington National Cemetery – kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 7. National President of American Gold Star Mothers Inc. (AGSM) Mona Gunn will lead the caravan as this year’s Grand Marshal.

To view the complete schedule, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/arlington-escort-information.

“I have had the honor of traveling in the escort to Arlington several times now and look forward to the opportunity each year to join my fellow Americans in saying not only my son Cherone’s name out loud, but that of so many of our heroes,” said Mona Gunn, President of AGSM, and this year’s grand marshal.

“Wreaths Across America provides opportunities for us to carry out our mission – finding strength in the fellowship of other Gold Star Mothers who strive to keep the memory of our sons and daughters alive by working to help veterans, those currently serving, their families and our communities.”

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Volunteering on National Wreaths Across America Day? Things to know…
If you are planning to join the mission on National Wreaths Across America Day this year – Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 – there are a few tips to keep in mind to help make your experience a great one!
  • Access.  Parking and cemetery access at every participating location is unique. We encourage you to visit the cemetery’s website and WAA Location Page (and social media pages) ahead of your travel to the location for up-to-date information. We highly recommend car-pooling and use of public transportation wherever available.
  • Dress for the weather. Most participating locations will not have indoor access for volunteers.
  • Be patient. Depending on where you are in the country and the number of participants at the location you attend, there could be large crowds and lines. Remember, each location is run by volunteers who are working hard behind the scenes to move things along as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Take your time. Please pause at each headstone and say that veteran’s name out loud before moving on. If there are not enough sponsored wreaths to honor every veteran at the location, please still take time to stop at headstones without a wreath to say their names.
  • Be respectful. Wreaths Across America and all our volunteers are guests of each of the more than 2,000 participating locations where ceremonies and wreath laying events are happening. Please abide by all cemetery policies and remember you are walking on sacred, hallowed grounds.
  • Remember. Honor. Teach. The event you are participating in is happening all around the country, with millions of Americans who, like you, have taken time out of the busiest of seasons to gather together in their community to offer a simple gesture of thanks to those who fought for our freedoms. Thank you for playing a part!
Arlington National Cemetery
If you are planning to volunteer at Arlington National Cemetery, please look to the cemetery’s website ( www.arlingtoncemetery.mil) for the latest information and event details. More information about access and safety can be found by clicking the button below.

Monthly Features

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.

Over 100 people attend funeral for Air Force veteran who had no living family

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Military veteran with special needs children receives home repairs from volunteers

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Orlando firefighters untangle American flag outside International Drive hotel

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Veteran thankful for birthday cards from all over the country

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Wreaths Across America Radio
Share your love and support for those deployed or stationed away from home during the holidays! Record a short shout out by calling 833-369-1351 and leaving a message. Wreaths Radio will play that message on air Nov. 25 – Dec. 31. Be sure to listen too as we play messages from our troops to loved ones back home!
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Wreaths Across America HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623