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Mission Matters Newsletter: Thank You and Happy Holidays

A note from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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Hi there,

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.

This year in particular has presented many challenges for all involved with the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach. In many cases our local events had to be modified more than once to meet local guidelines for health and safety. The staff worked closely with local volunteers to provide the tools necessary to keep the public informed and safe throughout the year and this ongoing process. With a record number of participating locations this year (2,557) undoubtedly mistakes were made, and for that we apologize and commit to you that we will continue to work towards improvements to ensure all involved with the mission have a meaningful experience. We understand this mission is incredibly personal for each individual involved. The team at Wreaths Across America cares deeply for the mission and all those connected to it.

With each of the 1.7 million sponsored veterans’ wreaths placed on Dec. 19 – and in some cases over several days in an effort to modify events to keep the public safe – 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 2020

To view or submit photos from this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day, please follow the link below!

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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 15, 2021, that wreath will be matched by Wreaths Across America Headquarters if sponsored through a participating Sponsorship Group.

2021 Wreath Match
Wreaths Radio

Don’t forget to listen to Wreaths Across America Radio to hear about volunteers and patriots across the country. Have a story you want to share? Please contact the team at (833) 369-1351 to leave a message to share or schedule an interview today! We’ll continue to air holiday greetings to & from our troops through Dec. 31st.

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“Be An American Worth Fighting For”

Here is a small sampling of some amazing stories captured over the last couple of weeks. Thank you to all who stepped up, and worked through the challenges to make this year a success.

Wreaths Across America soldiers through pandemic

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‘Our knock on the door came on Christmas morning’

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Pandemic patriotism: Wreaths Across Greensboro adjusts to honor fallen heroes

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Veteran Council announces Veteran of the Year for 2020

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Make sure to follow Wreaths Across America official channels on social media for the most up-to-the-minute news on the mission:

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

Wreaths Across America 2020 – Mare Island Naval Cemetery

Earlier today, President Fred Rutledge and Vice President Michael Barbour represented US Branch #25 of the Royal Canadian Legion at the annual Wreaths Across America event.  This year the branch chose to participate in the ceremony hosted at the Mare Island Naval Cemetery, as it was the first time the cemetery has been included in the Wreath Across America event.

Below are some pictures and videos from yesterday’s event – primarily taken from Thomas Gase and Bill George.  Finally, the event was covered by the Vallejo Times in an article entitled “Vallejo salutes fallen heroes at Mare Island Cemetery with wreaths“.

       

Updated Convoy Schedule Link! Mission Matters Newsletter

An update from the Wreaths Across America organization.  Please note that US Branch #25 of the Royal Canadian Legion will be participating in the ceremony at the Mare Island Naval Cemetery in Vallejo.  For more information, please visit:

https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/163858/Overview/?relatedId=0


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Hi there,

The excitement here in Maine and across the country is palpable! It’s almost National Wreaths Across America Day! The professional drivers are rolling in with their beautifully wrapped trucks and patriotism to pick up their truckloads of respect, and thousands of sponsored veterans’ wreaths are headed to their final resting place at one of our 2,525 participating locations.

These last few days, all our amazing volunteers across the country are ‘grabbing another gear’ to get the job done! We hope you will join us however you are able to this year, whether you’ve sponsored a wreath, helped plan an event, registered to volunteer to place wreaths, or helped share our stories in some way, YOU all play a part in fulfilling the mission!

Please follow us on our virtual escort this week and if you are able to help us reach our goal at Arlington, know that every $15 will place a live balsam veteran’s wreath!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart – your support of this mission is what makes this all possible.

Remember, Honor, Teach!

Karen Worcester

Volunteer Executive Director

Wreaths Across America

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MATCHING CHALLENGE FOR ARLINGTON

Wreaths Across America is proud to announce that Jersey Mike’s Subs has once again stepped up help WAA reach its goal of placing a live balsam veteran’s wreath on every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery. Wreath sponsorships placed through Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/JerseyMikes or through our Facebook fundraiser here will be matched by the company, up to $300,000!

 

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Follow the 2020 Virtual Convoy!

Our 2020 Convoy kicks off on Tuesday December 15th and we want you along for the ride! In anticipation of the necessary changes being made throughout the country for health and safety, including at Arlington National Cemetery, Wreaths Across America has made some necessary modifications to its annual escort of wreaths to Arlington, however the public IS INVITED to join along the roadside with signs, flags and cheers to welcome the escort as it arrives to new communities. Wreaths Across America Radio will also be streaming LIVE content on local FM radio dials for drive-in style broadcast in each new town we roll into! Find the full schedule here.

You’ll also be able to join us virtually on social media! In partnership with PenFed Credit Union’s digital media content team, PenFed Digital, this year’s escort will also be shared virtually for the nation to join along from the safety of their own homes. PenFed Digital and WAA are overcoming pandemic-related challenges to ensure fallen heroes are honored safely. During the escort and leading up to its departure, viewers can follow along, learning about the mission and hearing stories from the people it impacts on Wreaths Across America’s Facebook and PenFed’s TwitterFacebook,  InstagramYouTube, and LinkedIn pages. From the professional truck drivers hauling this precious cargo to the hard-working, dedicated volunteers receiving them on the other side of the country, we are going to share their journeys too!

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Tune In To Win!

Wreaths Across America Radio will be sharing live updates from the road and giving away prizes all week! Simply share a picture of the escort or a picture from a headstone in your cemetery or of a veteran you honor on the Wreaths Radio Facebook page. You could win one of our fabulous “swag bags” and qualify for our grand-prize drawing Friday night during our live FB feed from D.C.

Download our radio app now, or listen online and stay connected for more details! www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio

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Limited Edition 2020 Theme Long Sleeve T-Shirts! Supporting our heroes is one thing that should never go out of style, just like these classic t-shirts featuring the Wreaths Across America 2020 THEMED logo and sleeve print. Add one to your collection and show your support for our mission to “Remember, Honor, Teach.”

Make sure to follow Wreaths Across America official channels on social media for the most up-to-the-minute news on the mission:

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

Mission Matters Newsletter: Feeling Grateful

An item from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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Dear there,

As we close out a 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.

I am proud to share that as of today, we will have 2,525 participating locations taking part in the mission in some capacity this National Wreaths Across America Day. Despite what has been the most difficult of years for all, the mission still continues to grow in communities across the country because of the impact it has made on so many.

I am grateful for the small team of staff and core volunteers who have worked diligently over the past several months to develop plans for the safe placement of wreaths wherever possible. Our number one priority will always be the safety of our volunteers who are carrying out the mission. We are asking everyone to please be respectful of the local guidance set forth by volunteers coordinating locations. This year will look different and maybe feel different for many, but we are committed to honoring and remembering our nation’s veterans this December.

I am sure there is a location near you that is in need of your support this year. You can search all participating locations at the following link and learn how local volunteers are modifying events to keep people safe.

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The outpouring of national support over the last couple of weeks serves as a healthy dose of perspective for myself and I think many others close to this mission. The Wreaths Across America program was started as a simple gesture of thanks. It has grown to reach more than 3 million volunteers – a third of whom are children – and their communities, impacting the hearts and minds of all, which will be carried forward into the future.

I speak from the bottom of my heart when I say how grateful I am for your support – this mission matters.

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester

Volunteer Executive Director

Wreaths Across America

REMEMBER. HONOR. TEACH.

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Sponsor Spotlight

Chevrolet has supported the Wreaths Across America mission for the last 6 years. The support started with the convoy to Arlington National Cemetery and has continued to grow. Over the years of involvement, Chevrolet has sponsored over 50,000 veterans’ wreaths for placement. This includes wreaths placed at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at cemeteries within Chevrolet communities from Maine to D.C.  Chevrolet’s commitment to our military shines through with donated wrapped vehicles that transport Gold Star families, veterans, active duty military members and volunteers in the convoy to Arlington each year.

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This year, they are also the official sponsor of our online #WAACountdown to Wreaths Across America Day! Follow along to learn how the company has made the mission a meaningful part of their annual traditions.

“Chevrolet and its employees are proud to be a part of a tradition that Remembers, Honors and Teaches about what sacrifice means for your fellow American. In our 6th year of support of Wreaths Across America, we continue to see the impact of our involvement on those who gave so much on our behalf. We are proud to play a part.”

– Dan Adamcheck, regional director, sales, service and marketing for Chevrolet

Thank you, Chevrolet! 

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Follow the 2020 Virtual Convoy!

In anticipation of the necessary changes being made throughout the country for health and safety, including at Arlington National Cemetery this year, Wreaths Across America has made some modifications to its annual Wreath Escort down the East Coast.

In partnership with PenFed Credit Union’s digital media content team, PenFed Digital, this year’s escort will be shared virtually for the nation to join along with the journey. PenFed Digital and Wreaths Across America are overcoming pandemic-related challenges to ensure fallen heroes are honored safely. The journey will take place from Tuesday, Dec. 15 through National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 19, and additional content of the events leading up to the escort departure can be followed via Wreaths Across America’s Facebook and PenFed’s Twitter.

This year, we’ll be featuring Location Volunteers and Carrier partners delivering sponsored wreaths across the country. From the professional truck drivers hauling this precious cargo to the hard-working, dedicated volunteers receiving them on the other side of the country, we are going to share their journeys too!

Stay tuned to our social media channels for more information about this exciting new way to join the mission this season.

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Featured Merchandise

Limited Edition Wreaths Across America 2020 Ornament

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Holiday Messages to and from the Troops!

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Be sure to tune in online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio, pick us up on a smartphone app like Simple Radio or TuneIn, or download the app from the iTunes Store or Google Play.

#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. 

Couple discovers and returns WWII veteran’s keepsakes to family

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Maple Point Middle School salutes veterans with a parade of honor

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Evergreen Parl students couldn’t host veterans for breakfast at the school last week, so they delivered appreciation to their homes Read More

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

Are you remembering veterans this week?

An item from the Wreaths Across America organization to bring a close to Veterans Week.


Wreaths Across America

Thank You

Dear Michael Barbour,

Life always gets a little busy this time of year, but I wanted to take a minute to answer a question I get asked time and time again: “What does Wreaths Across America do for living Veterans?”

It’s a great question, with many answers, and we’re happy to share them with you here as we commit once again to our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.

In remembrance of their brothers and sisters in arms who paid the ultimate sacrifice, we place wreaths on their headstones and say their names out loud so they will never be forgotten.

We honor them with local events throughout the year, and with awareness programs in communities across the country. Our Mobile Education Exhibit brings local communities and our military together with education, stories, and interactive connections.

Through our fundraising program, we help civic and community groups raise funds for their own local veterans programs. Since 2007, Wreaths Across America has given back more than $13 million to local groups through this fundraising structure.

And perhaps most notably, we tell their stories so that the memory of their heroic actions will live on with future generations.

How will you honor the service members in your community this year?  This month, I encourage you to join as as we Remember, Honor, and Teach.

  • Talk to loved ones and family members about the veterans in your community and what it truly means to be a veteran.
  • Support fundraising for a community or civic group in your community. Find a Sponsorship Group to support.
  • Volunteer to honor veterans at a location convenient for you. Find a location near you.
  • Or consider one of the options below to easily sponsor a veteran’s wreath for placement on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 19.
Repeat Sponsorship
Click here to repeat your recent wreath sponsorship.
Quick Sponsorship
Click here to order new wreath sponsorships.

For all the ways you support our mission by honoring Veterans, this Veterans Day, and throughout the year, we thank you.

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester
Executive Director
Wreaths Across America