Category Archives: Wreaths Across America

2.4 Million Veterans Wreaths: Thanks To You!

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On behalf of the Wreaths Across America organization and our 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. As Wreaths Across America founder Morrill Worcester told the audience at our recent Appreciation Rally “we’ve just barely scratched the surface” of honoring every veteran as they so deserve, but we have done so much and touched so many lives, and we could not have done any of it without your support.

During this year’s National Wreaths Across America observance, more than two million dedicated volunteers placed more than 2.4 million veterans’ wreaths at 3,136 participating locations across the country. At Arlington National Cemetery specifically, the Wreaths Across America program saw 66 tractor-trailers deliver over 250,000 veterans’ wreaths that were placed by nearly 38,000 volunteers, many of whom were children, some participating for the very first time.

As I think of those numbers, each of those gravesites, and each of those volunteers saying the servicemember’s name out loud and sharing a small gesture of gratitude for the freedoms Americans enjoy, I am immensely humbled. I am also truly overwhelmed with pride for the people of this great nation where so many individuals and communities can come together in unity and support for those who have protected our freedom. I will say it again: THANK YOU. Thank you for your time and your efforts, your sponsorships, and your help in sharing the word. Thank you most of all for taking the time during this busy season to join us in letting veterans and military families know that their service and sacrifice is both seen and appreciated and that they are not alone in their loss.

Remember. Honor. Teach.

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester
Executive Director
Wreaths Across America

National Wreaths Across America Day 2021

To submit photos from this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day, please follow the link below! You can also view photos featured on our Facebook page here.

Veteran Healing Roundtable: Tonight at 7 PM ET

While Wreaths Across America Day only happens once per year, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is truly year-round. Please consider joining us for for the fourth and final episode in our 2021 roundtable series focused on veteran healing through sharing stories of resilience, purpose, and success. This discussion will air on Thursday, December 23, at 7 p.m. and can be heard exclusively on Wreaths Across America Radio.

Sponsorship Group Match!

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. Now through January 14, 2021, that wreath will be matched by Wreaths Across America Headquarters if sponsored through a participating Sponsorship Group.

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Continue To Share Your Stories

If you have feedback or stories to share, you can contact us through the link below or simply reply to this email. We’re always eager to hear about the lives and legacies of those who have served.

Wreaths Across America – San Francisco National Cemetery

REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio of San Francisco’s Wreaths Across America Page. 

On December 18, 2021 at 11:00 am, our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division participated in the Wreaths Across America that was held at San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio of San Francisco to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.

To access the program, click waa-2021-program.pdf

Below are some pictures from the event.

You can access some more photos from the event’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WreathsAcrossAmericaSF/photos

Finally, here is an edited, combined recording from the event.

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Wreaths Across America – Mare Island Naval Cemetery

Posted on behalf of Comrade Charles Martin.

Today I had the pleasure to join Past President, Fred Rutledge at a very nice ceremony by Wreaths Across America held at the Mare Island Naval Cemetery. There was a very good crowd for such a service and all the branches of the Armed Forces were represented. Commander Bryan Dearolf, USN, gave a very thoughtful key speech. After the ceremony, those in attendance quickly laid about 900 wreaths.

This cemetery is the oldest naval cemetery on the west coast, with graves dating back to the 1850’s. Of note is the grave of the daughter of Francis Scott Key and three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Fred has noted in past Legion meetings the recent efforts to clean up this cemetery over the past couple of years. It certainly is worth a visit and worthy of everyone’s continued support.

 

Note that the event was also covered by the local media:

[FINAL REMINDER] Wreaths Across America and US Navy Sea Cadets – Arkansas Division

Once again our US Navy Sea Cadets Corps – Arkansas Division is participating in the Wreaths Across America program at the San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio of San Francisco. In addition to participating in the event on December 18, 2021, our cadets are also helping to promote the sponsorship of wreaths.

Individuals can sponsor a wreath for $15, and if you use the link below our cadets will receive $5 from each wreath that people sponsor through them:

https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/15539/Overview/?relatedId=0

So if you would like to sponsor one or more wreaths, I would STRONGLY encourage you to do it through our cadets so that they can benefit from your sponsorship. Just make sure that you see the cadets group ID of (CAPNSF) when you are sponsoring (which should appear when you go to the link above). If you need assistance please contact Wreath Across America directly at 877-385-9504.

In addition to sponsoring one or more wreaths, I’d also encourage you to join us at the event at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio of San Francisco. I will be there and I’d love to see you there too.

Michael Barbour
President, US Branch #25

National Wreaths Across America Day Is Dec. 18th! It’s Not Too Late To Join Us In Honoring Veterans.

An update from the Wreaths Across America organization – and a reminder that you can help support our US Navy Sea Cadets – Arkansas Division by sponsoring one or more wreaths through them (click here for more information).


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As we near National Wreaths Across America Day, this year on Saturday, December 18, I wanted to share a few different ways you can join the mission over the next couple of weeks. Keep reading for more details.

  1. Sponsor a veteran’s wreath: We remember veterans’ service and sacrifice by telling their stories so that the next generation will know the men and women who fought for our freedoms. We remember their brothers and sisters in arms who paid the ultimate sacrifice by placing wreaths on their headstones.

What does it mean to sponsor a wreath? It means you’ll honor an American hero at one of more than 3,100 locations nationwide. And as each wreath is placed, a volunteer will then “say their name” to ensure that the legacy of duty, service and sacrifice of that veteran is never forgotten.

 

Through Dec. 16, any sponsored wreaths made through our partners Jersey Mike’s Subs will be MATCHED up to $500,000 – that’s two veterans honored with your $15 sponsorship.

 

So, what does it mean to sponsor a wreath? It means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans.

 

2. Follow the escort to Arlington: Tune into Wreaths Across America Radio here and follow Wreaths Across America’s official social media channels:

Facebook
LinkedIn
Twitter
Instagram

Additionally, you can follow and use Wreaths Across America’s hashtags – #LiveTheirLegacy2021 and #RememberHonorTeach – to join in on the conversation.

 

3. Virtually join WAA’s Appreciation Rally: Tune in to WAA’s Annual Appreciation Dinner and Rally Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 LIVE from Arlington, VA, as we celebrate the volunteers and supporters that make this mission possible and the families it supports. Access the live stream here.

 

4. Volunteer at a location near you: Sign up to place a wreath at one of 3,000 participating locations! Search for a location near you here.

 

With sincere gratitude for your support,

Karen Worcester

Executive Director

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