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Wreaths Across America Mission Matters – February 2019

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


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It was a year ago this month that we (re)launched our monthly newsletter with a focus on the guiding principle used for everything we do here at Wreaths Across America — mission matters.

Our mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve, and their families, and Teach our
children about the cost of freedom, not only touches our volunteers, it makes up the true fabric of our country.

​​​​​​​Over the last year, we’ve shared countless stories of individuals and groups working everyday to play a part in support of the mission. Our goal for this year is to shine a light on the local communities across the country and people within them making a difference. If you know of someone whose story should be told, please share it with us via the link below!

Remember – Honor – Teach

With thanks,

Karen Worcester

Running FIR Wreaths
No parent should bury a child. It is a sacrifice too great for any mother, father, or nation to make. On April 26, 2013, Cathy Powers’ son, Senior Airman Bryce Kenneth Powers joined thousands of other young men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Bryce now rests in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Gold Star Mothers, like Cathy, know all too well that grief can consume or it can elevate. Out of her grief, Cathy discovered a passion for running. When she runs, she remembers her son and all the things we should be thankful for. Running has transformed her mind and body, and her spirit will take her far this year – to all 50 states, across 1,000 miles to honor our nation’s fallen veterans.

Cathy has partnered with Wreaths Across America to Remember, Honor, and Teach. Her goal is to run throughout the United States to raise awareness of the Wreaths Across America mission and, in doing so, earn the support needed to sponsor 7,777 veterans’ wreaths, one for each day Bryce was alive on this earth, to be laid at Arlington this December.

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Stem to Stone 5k/10k and Virtual Run
Run, walk, or ruck (or any of the above virtually) in our first annual Stem to Stone 5K/10K and Kids Fun Run July 13, 2019, presented in conjunction with CompetitorME as part of the Service & Sacrifice Series.

Everyone plays a part in our mission – Remember, Honor, Teach. Join us for this unique running event on the picturesque land in Downeast Maine where the balsam is harvested to make Wreaths Across America Veterans’ Wreaths. All proceeds from the event will help sponsor wreaths to be placed on a veteran headstone this December throughout the U.S. and abroad.

To learn more about this exciting event and to register for the Stem to Stone 5K/10K in Columbia Falls (or virtually!), visit

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Everyone Plays a Part
See how volunteers around the country have been playing their part.
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Contract Leasing Corp. (CLC) is partnering with Wreaths Across America to offer a chance for carriers to lease a new, fully wrapped air ride aluminum roof Honor Trailer honoring our nation’s veterans. This is your chance to contribute to a very worthy cause while enjoying the benefits of operating this exclusive trailer for twelve months from April 17, 2019 and continuing through April 16, 2020. But that’s not the best part by a long shot! The winning bidder will receive a highly coveted spot of only 11 tractor trailers to travel in the 2019 Wreaths Across America week-long escort to Arlington National Cemetery!
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That Wreaths Across America does NOT decorate graves. We place LIVE, balsam fir wreaths as a symbol of honor and respect and ask our volunteers to say the name of each veteran out loud to keep their memory alive. Each veteran’s wreath is made up of ten bouquets, each with a specific meaning.
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To learn more, download the ‘What is a Veterans Wreath?’ poster below.
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What is a veterans wreath?
In addition to being a symbol of HONOR, RESPECT and VICTORY, each of the 10 balsam bouquets that make up each veterans’ wreath represent 10 special qualities that our veterans embody.

This month, our first bouquet, presented as a helping hand, represents veterans’ BELIEF in a greater good. Here are some ways that individuals and communities have played a part in February in support of this belief. Remember: Everyone Plays A Part!


A WWII veteran was surprised with a tank ride through the streets of Boston. The American Heritage Museum in Hudson, Massachusetts and community members came together to play a part in his special moment. Read more.
A man in the U.K. cared for the memorial of 10 fallen American Airmen for 75 years. Thank you, Tony Foulds! Read more.
Vietnam veterans came together to play a part in the mission and remember fellow American veterans at Mountain Rest Cemetery in North Carolina. Read more.
Sponsor A Wreath
What does it mean to sponsor a veteran’s wreath? It means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans.

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

Wreaths Across America Mission Matters – January 2019

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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In 2018, Wreaths Across America grew to include 1,640 participating locations across the country, and expanded the mission to Normandy to say the names of the 9,387 Americans killed there during the D-Day invasions. But, to me the most important number was the growth in volunteers attending National Wreaths Across America Day events. The feedback we’ve received from our locations is that more people than ever are volunteering to join the mission. There is truly no part too small when it comes to Remembering the fallen, Honoring those that serve and Teaching the next generation about the value of freedom. This is why we love this year’s theme so much, because, EVERYONE PLAYS A PART!

I have said this before, the greatest gift I have been given in being part of this mission is having met so many of you, the people who ARE Wreaths Across America, so many that I now call family. I am truly in awe of the work our volunteers do all year round to raise awareness and plan for the next season.

We have so many great things planned for 2019, and I hope you will continue to play a part with Wreaths Across America and help us reach more people to join the mission this year.

Remember – Honor – Teach

With thanks,

Karen Worcester

Everyone Plays A Part
Tell us how you play a part and your image/story may be used on our social media channels in 2019!
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Feedback Needed
We want to ensure that we are bringing the Wreaths Across America mission to you in the best ways possible and including the information you want to hear in our communications. Please consider taking our survey to help us improve! On February 1, we will randomly select three survey participants to receive 100 sponsored wreaths to be sent to the participating location of their choosing next December.
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The Story of the Four Chaplains

As we remember, honor and teach, Wreaths Across America recognizes and honors the Four Chaplains during February. This video tells the story of the steadfast faith and courage these four men exhibited so that others could live.

Sponsor A Wreath
What does it mean to sponsor a veteran’s wreath? It means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans.

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Today at noon EST Mission BBQ will be presenting Wreaths Across America with a donation resulting from their 2018 Heroes Cup Campaign. We are so grateful for the continued support and awareness this partnership provides across the country.

Tune in on Facebook Live to see what the grand total is and join in on the celebration!

Follow Along Here
That anyone can sign up to be a Volunteer Location Coordinator for a cemetery in their community or start a fundraising group for a participating cemetery. It’s easy to get started and we have a team of people and resources to help you be successful.

Click the buttons below to find out more!

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

Wreaths Across America Mission Matters – December 2018

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 and commitment to the Mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.

With each of the nearly 1.8 million sponsored veterans’ wreaths placed last weekend, 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 very Happy Holiday,

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

2018 National Wreaths Across America Day Sees the Placement of 1,800,000 Veterans’ Wreaths at 1,640 Participating Cemeteries Across the Country
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“Wreaths Across America brings diverse people and communities together across the country to celebrate all that is good and just,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “It is our obligation as Americans to teach our children – and each other – about the value of our freedom and the character of the men and women who serve to protect it.”
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Wreaths Across America Advances its Mission to Normandy ​​​​​​​

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Wreaths Across America placed 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.

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It’s Not What We Do, But WHY We Do It

Submitted by Gold Star Mother Toni Gross

For the Gross family, this year’s visit to place a veteran’s wreath on the headstone of their son and brother, US Army CPL Frank R. Gross, was also part of a mission of healing and strength for another wounded warrior. Together they braved the weather and crowds to place a wreath and say Frank’s name, together.

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National Wreaths Across America Day is an event, but Wreaths Across America is a year-round mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve and their families, and Teach the next generation about the value of freedom.

It is never too early to get involved. From from our Remembrance Tree Program and the Remember Wall, to Fundraising Groupsand volunteering to place wreaths, there are a number of ways to get involved locally.

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Wreaths Across America 2018 – San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presido

Earlier today our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division participated in the Wreaths Across America event at the National Cemetery at the Presidio here in San Francisco.  Here are some pictures we found on Facebook and Instagram of the event.

 

          

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:

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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:

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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.


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Snowy Tree
Santa Honors Our Vets
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Girl in Red Coat Placing Wreath
Desert and Mountain Wreaths
Wreaths Sunset
Wreath in Hand
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