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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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Email: helpdesk@wreathsacrossamerica.org

 

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

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 HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623

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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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 HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623

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.

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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.

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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Email: helpdesk@wreathsacrossamerica.org

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

Mission Matters Newsletter from Wreaths Across America – October 2019

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A special Veterans Day message from Wreaths Across America’s Executive Director Karen Worcester

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With gratitude,
Karen Worcester


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Advancing the Mission to Luxembourg and Netherlands

Earlier this month, Wreaths Across America announced that is has been granted permission by the Luxembourg and Netherlands authorities and the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) to place Maine-made balsam fir veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of all 5,073 U.S. service members laid to rest at Luxembourg American Cemetery, and an additional 8,291 veterans’ wreaths at Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial.

The Luxembourg American Cemetery public ceremony and wreath placement will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30. The following day, Sunday, Dec. 1, a ceremony and wreath placement will be held at Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial located in Margraten, Netherlands. These locations are two of 26 permanent American overseas military cemeteries overseen by the ABMC.

The live balsam veterans’ wreaths are being gifted to WAA as a donation from Founder, Morrill Worcester. It has long been a dream of his to one day place a wreath in honor of every U.S. veteran laid to rest, worldwide. The transportation of the nearly 14,000 wreaths from Maine to Europe is once again being coordinated and executed through the generous in-kind support of global supply chain management company CEVA Logistics and the transatlantic cargo capacity of United Airlines.

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Sponsor Spotlight – New England Chevrolet

For the 5th year in a row Chevrolet — who has generously sponsored the WAA escort vehicles transporting participating Gold Star families and veterans down the east coast from Maine to Virginia — will again provide wrapped vehicles in addition to sponsoring 4,000 wreaths for placement at Arlington National Cemetery.

“Chevrolet and it’s dealers are proud to support the work of the Wreaths Across America team and deliver the message of their mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. This annual tradition has become a cornerstone event for Chevrolet and it’s dealers here in the Northeast Region,” said Dan Adamcheck, regional director, sales, service and marketing for Chevrolet. “To be able to give back to our communities, and the men and women who have given so much to our country is truly an honor for Chevrolet and its employees.”

Help Wreaths Across America in your community through a Corporate Sponsorship. Participation in the program is a great way to engage customers and employees. Contact the team today learn more!
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There are other unique ways to give to Wreaths Across America – here are two new options:
1.

Wreaths Across America is part of TD Bank’s Affinity Program. When a new customer opens a checking account with TD Bank and uses this code AJ019, WAA receives $50!

AND, if you’re an existing customer who gives this code, WAA receives $10 towards the mission!

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Text To Donate

Wreaths Across America, in close partnership with the Mobile Giving Foundation and AT&T Veterans, is now accepting donations for $15 wreath sponsorships through text messaging. To give, you just need to text keyword WREATH to 20222 to donate $15 to the general fund which will send a sponsored wreath to where there is a need.

No portion of any amount donated is held by participating wireless providers. Donations are passed through at 100 percent back to Wreaths Across America.

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.

100-Year-Old Army Vet Who Guarded Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier Gets Hero’s Welcome At Detroit Airport

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Service dog giving veterans hope when struggling with PTSD

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Vietnam veteran finally recognized for saving 30 soldiers

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WWII veteran still serving veterans

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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 during the holidays. Be sure to listen too as we play messages from our troops to loved ones back home!
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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