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[eNewsletter #169] Special Announcement For February

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


New Year, New Opportunities

Over the last several weeks, the team has been working diligently to review feedback and answer questions from dedicated volunteers and supporters across the country. As a result, we are going to take the necessary time needed over the next several weeks to make some changes and really focus our efforts on the information our followers are looking to receive from us. During this time, we’ll be pausing the distribution of the newsletter, but will be back the last week of February with a revised format, fresh design and original content — including features by guest columnists and images from across the country. We’ll also be sharing our new theme for 2018 in that issue! 
In the interim, I encourage you to follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and tune into WAA Radio to keep up to date with new stories about service and sacrifice and to stay in the know about all things Wreaths Across America.
I continue to be humbled by the amazing people we’ve met and heartfelt stories shared through the incredible growth of this organization, and I am SO excited for what’s to come in 2018. Stay tuned for more!
With gratitude,
~ Karen Worcester
Executive Director

News From The WAA Blog

Younger Generations Answer the Call to Service With Wreaths Across America

Younger Generations Answer the Call to Service With Wreaths Across America

 “I witnessed a few of the boys laying an “in honor of” wreath. They did it with reverence.”
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Wreaths Across America Introduces You to Your Regional Liaisons & Fundraising Supervisor

Wreaths Across America Introduces You to Your Regional Liaisons & Fundraising Supervisor

To better serve our volunteers in 2018 and beyond, we’re reorganizing and providing more tools to support their inspiring efforts.
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Do You Know The Story Of The Four Chaplains?

Join Wreaths Across America in Honoring the Four Chaplains

Join Wreaths Across America in Honoring the Four Chaplains

Guided by an infrangible faith when the supply of lifejackets ran out they gave up their own to save the lives of others.
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News Stories For And About Our Veterans

Unaccompanied veterans given military funeral honors

The Super Bowl is Getting the Most Awesome Air Force Flyover Ever

The Air Force Heritage Flight will participate in a pre-game flyover of the Super Bowl. A P-51 Mustang will fly alongside two A-10s and an F-16.
Veteran students, horses partner in care at UCD

Rico’s Last Call: Squadron, Base Bids Farewell to Airman’s Best Friend

Members of the 436th Security Forces Squadron, military working dogs and their handlers formed outside the veterinary clinic Jan. 24, 2018, at Dover AFB for Rico’s “last call.”
Why Bangor, Maine is the most patriotic town in America

This Green Beret Was the First Medal of Honor Recipient in Vietnam

Born and raised in New York, Roger Donlon enlisted the Air Force and served for nearly two years before earning admission into West Point.
Family Searching For Owner of WWII Military Photo Found in Alley

Family Searching For Owner of WWII Military Photo Found in Alley

A couple of kids walking to school in south Columbus found a photo of what appears to be a soldier, or another military branch member, from World War II laying in an alley.
Nonprofit seeks to pair military veterans with rescued dogs

World War II U.S. Serviceman Returned to Northwest Florida

It’s a somber homecoming decades in the making. On Thursday, the remains of a recently identified World War II U.S. serviceman made their way home to Northwest Florida.

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Yesterday, the WAA Toy Truck Giveaway wrapped up the selection of three winners. Please watch your email for notifications send to all three winners.

Didn’t win but still want to buy one of the toy truck sets for your little (or big) one?
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Join us on December 15th (the 3rd Saturday in December), 2018 for National Wreaths Across America Day. Use this map to find a location and sign up to volunteer. Can’t find a location near you? You can start one (adding new locations for 2018)!
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This Week We Remembered…

Each day we #SayTheirNames and #We Remember:

On January 23rd, we remembered Navy Lieutenant Russell Ford Kippen who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving during WWII on this day in 1946.
On January 24th, we honored Army Pfc. Jesus A. Leon-Perez who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day 13 years ago while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On January 25th, we remembered Marine Private First Class Joseph Lynn Meade who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Vietnam on this day in 1969.
On January 26th,  we recognized Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew R. Kahler who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.
On January 27th, we honored Air Force Captain Laurence Edward Anctilmade who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving during the Korean War 67 years ago on this day.
On January 28th, we recognized Army Sgt. David L. Herrera and Army Pfc. Brian J. Schoff who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 2006 while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On January 29th, we honored, Coast Guard Enlisted Charles H. Fletcherwho made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 1942 while serving during WWII.
And on January 30th, Join us in honoring the life, service and sacrifice of Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark S. O’Steen. He gave his life on this day 15 years ago while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Remember this…. In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”
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[eNewsletter #168] Volunteers Make The Patriotic Wheel Go Round

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


Volunteers Make The Patriotic Wheel Go Round

This week we recap the past weekend’s events, with volunteers ‘retiring the wreaths’ at Arlington National Cemetery and hundreds of other locations nationwide.
We have several stories about how volunteers show their patriotic support, each in their own unique way. Of course, that is how the wreath-laying tradition got started over twenty five years ago, when a Wreath-Maker from Maine gave back in the way he knew how.
And did you notice the section called “This Week We Remembered” down below? Read the names slowly.
We say their names and we remember because…
“In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”
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Behind the Wreaths Across America Volunteer; A Champion for Military Nurses

“I went up to that hill and looked at all of those graves of my colleagues who have gone before me.”
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Wrapping The Cleanup Weekend At ANC

Arlington National Cemetery Cleanup  Report

Arlington National Cemetery Cleanup  Report

Before more than 10,000 volunteers helped pick up 265,000 wreaths at #ArlingtonNationalCemetery this past weekend, cemetery staff were hard at work making sure the day went safely.
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News Stories For And About Our Veterans

Unaccompanied veterans given military funeral honors

Unidentified for Decades, Texas Soldier Receives Final Rites

A WWII soldier who was killed in action was finally laid to rest in Houston National Cemetery. His remains had been labeled ‘unknown’ for 67 years.
Veteran students, horses partner in care at UCD

Prescott National Cemetery Accepts Handmade Urns for Unclaimed Veteran Remains 

A labor of love from volunteers in Arizona will provide a dignified final tribute for Veterans who have no family to plan their funerals.
Why Bangor, Maine is the most patriotic town in America

WWII Pilot Who Survived POW Camp Dies at 94

While piloting B-17 bombers over Germany, he was shot down in 1945 and spent the remainder of the war in a prison camp.
With a Bond That Goes Through the Leash, Wichita Veteran Receives Free Service dog

With a Bond That Goes Through the Leash, Wichita Veteran Receives Free Service dog

Wichita veteran Travis Scott received a service dog from K9s for Warriors to help him recover from military-related traumas.
Nonprofit seeks to pair military veterans with rescued dogs

World War II Veteran Honored With Quilt of Valor Award

The award is given to select veterans across the country who have been touched by the effects of war.

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Join us on December 15th (the 3rd Saturday in December), 2018 for National Wreaths Across America Day. Use this map to find a location and sign up to volunteer. Can’t find a location near you? You can start one (adding new locations for 2018)!
Donate or Sign Up To Volunteer

This Week We Remembered…

Each day we #SayTheirNames and #We Remember:

On January 16th, we remembered, Army Enlisted Nurse Nora Emilie Anderson who served during WWI and made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 1919.
On January 17th, we posted about, Navy Lieutenant Charles W. Kelly who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Vietnam on this day in 1967.
On January 18th, we honored, Army Sergeant Gordon Douglas Yntema who served during Vietnam and gave his life on this day in 1968.
On January 19th, we recognized, Army Sergeant Jon M. Schoolcraft III who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008.
On January 20th, we gave tribute and a moment of silence for, Marine Staff Sergeant Walter F. Cohee III who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom 16 years ago today.
On January 21st, we remembered, Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant Donald E Underwoodwho made the ultimate sacrifice while serving during WWII in 1944.
And on January 22nd, we honored, Army Master Sergeant Carl F Foster who served during the Korean war and gave his life for his country on this day in 1951.
“Remember this…. In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”
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[eNewsletter #167] Showing Respect With The Retiring Of The Wreaths

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


Showing Respect With The Retiring Of The Wreaths

This past weekend and over the next several, our 1422 locations nationwide will be organizing volunteers for what we call ‘The Retiring of the Wreaths’ – cleanup effort that is every bit as patriotic as the day the wreaths are placed in December.
In fact, if you have ever heard the song Veterans Day, by Don Campbell (a long time WAA supporter) you know that we “teach our children how to respect, by mowing the lawns for Veterans Day.” 
With winter weather wreaking havoc over most of the country, there is not a lot of lawn mowing to worry about. But for those who serve (and those who love them) each day is Veterans Day, or Memorial Day, and we cannot show our appreciation enough.
Note – Don is also the one who wrote the Snow at Arlington, about Wreaths Across America. Definitely worth a listen if you have not heard it.
With those words and spirit in mind, this week’s newsletter salutes our hard-working, and ever dutiful Location Coordinators who make the Wreath Day events happen in communities all across this great land.
Without them and all our dedicated volunteers, there would be no Wreath Day and no Mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.
Freedom Is Not Free

When a Ripple of Respect Becomes A Wave of Patriotism and Pride

A heartfelt thank you to all those volunteers who participate in National Wreaths Across America Day at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, and for sharing your ceremony for all to see.
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Cleanup Is On This Weekend – Regardless Of A Potential Gov’t Shutdown

The “Retiring Of The Wreaths” (Cleanup Day) is coordinated locally, with dates and times set by each Location Coordinator in conjunction with the cemetery administration. The date for Arlington National Cemetery is Saturday, January 20th, 2018 (starting at 8:30am).
Volunteering At Arlington This Weekend?

Volunteering At Arlington This Weekend?

Planning to volunteer for #WreathsOut on Jan. 20? DidYouKnow you don’t have to arrive via our main entrance on Memorial Avenue?
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Use This Map To Find Details About Locations Near You.

More ANC Cleanup Day Information

Here’s what you need to know about #WreathsOut at Arlington National Cemetery that is coming up this weekend.
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News Stories For And About Our Veterans

Unaccompanied veterans given military funeral honors

Unaccompanied Veterans Given Military Funeral Honors

Carol Edwards had never heard of William Eatherton before Monday, but the two now share a special bond.
Veteran students, horses partner in care at UCD

Veteran Students, Horses Partner in Care at UCD

UC Davis student Edgar Garcia, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, brushed the hair along a horse’s neck, back and sides. Here, grooming is more than preparation for riding.
Why Bangor, Maine is the most patriotic town in America

Why Bangor, Maine is the Most Patriotic Town in America

As far as small towns shaking the hand of nearly every post 9/11 troop who’s gone overseas at all hours of the days, only Bangor, ME stands tall.
EFC Newport’s American Heritage Girls End Year Laying Wreaths With Wreaths Across America

EFC Newport’s American Heritage Girls End Year Laying Wreaths With Wreaths Across America

EFC Newport’s American Heritage Girls (AHG) recently participated at the Wreath Laying Ceremony with Wreaths Across America at Island Cemetery on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm.
Nonprofit seeks to pair military veterans with rescued dogs

Nonprofit Seeks to Pair Military Veterans With Rescued Dogs

American Humane wants to give trained service dogs to military veterans suffering from the hidden wounds of war.
This is why some sailors wear gold stripes, and some wear red

This is Why Some Sailors Wear Gold Stripes, and Some Wear Red

Earning the yellow stripes takes a special combination of honor, courage, and commitment.

Wreaths Across America Toy Truck Block Set Giveaway (3 different ways to win)!

Wreaths Across America Toy Truck Block Set Giveaway (3 different ways to win)!

As part of our thank you to the trucking industry, make sure you enter the WAA Toy Truck Block Set Giveaway and Share The Mission with your littlest loved ones. No cost to enter.

If you share with a friend and they win – you win automatically too!
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Join us on December 15th (the 3rd Saturday in December), 2018 for National Wreaths Across America Day. Use this map to find a location and sign up to volunteer. Can’t find a location near you? You can start one (adding new locations for 2018)!
Donate or Sign Up To Volunteer

This Week We Remembered…

Each day we #SayTheirNames and #We Remember:

On January 9th, we remembered, Army Chief Warrant Officer James Larry Phipps, who served during the Vietnam war and made the ultimate sacrifice on this day 50 years ago.
On January 10th, we posted about, Navy Enlisted Frank Howard Bower, who served his country during WWII and made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 1943.
On January 11th, we honored, Marine Staff Sergeant Matthew N Ingham, who served during Operation Enduring Freedom and made the ultimate sacrifice on this day 8 years ago.
On January 12th, we recognized, Army First Lieutenant Alexander R Nininger, who served his country during WWII and made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 1942.
For January13th, we gave tribute and a moment of silence for, Marine Sergeant William Francis Hottinger, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving during the Korean War.
On January 14th, we remembered, Air Force Airman First Class Michael Thomas Moran, who served during Vietnam and gave his life on this day in 1969.
And on January 15th, we honored, Army Spc. Dustin L. Kendall, who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom and made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 2006.
“Remember this…. In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”

This Week’s Newsletter Is Dedicated To:

All The Location Coordinators Who Work Hard All Year Long!

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This Is What Wreaths Across America Day Was Like At Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

With 1422 participating locations, there are too many dedicated individuals to thank and spotlight for all their hard work throughout the year, to make Wreath Day happen. But as a tribute to ALL our hard-working Location Coordinators and Fundraising Groups nationwide, here is a small sample of the words and deeds that drive the Mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach. Video shared courtesy of Floyd Turner.
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[eNewsletter #166] Ready to volunteer in 2018?

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


Ready To Help In 2018?

Now that we are into 2018 and past the holiday week, we are back on our regular publishing schedule (Tuesdays), with more great stories for and about out veterans.

This week when you tell your friends about coming out in January for the “retiring of the wreaths (see wreath cleanup details below), here are some of the most helpful links to share with them:
1) What is Wreaths Across America? Maybe your friend has never heard of the organization, so share this video (4:00) with a great overview of the Mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.
2) We shared this last week, but here’s what NBC’s Lester Holt had to say about Wreaths Across America…
3) Ready to volunteer in 2018 and be the first to remember? Please check out the two links below for wreath cleanup day (January 20th for Arlington).
4) Lastly – when you scroll all the way to the bottom of this newsletter, make sure you help us shout out and say thank you* to ALL THE PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS AND TRANSPORTATION companies who deliver to 1400+ locations nationwide!
* And make sure you check out (and enter) the WAA Toy Truck Block Set Giveaway, as part of our honoring all the great support from the trucking industry.
Freedom Is Not Free

Remembering That Freedom Is Not Free, One Name and One Story At A Time

Casey’s “superhero” grew up to become known as 1LT Colby J. Umbrell 1-501 25th ID out of Fort Richardson Alaska. In 2007 when Casey was 23, her big brother Colby was KIA in Iraq. She became a Gold Star sibling.
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This Organization Honors Fallen Soldiers With Graveside Wreaths

Recapping The Final 2017 Numbers And The Mission To Remember, Honor and Teach

On Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 1,422 participating locations nationwide, grateful Americans in every state placed more than 1,565,000 remembrance wreaths.
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Cleanup Is Less Than Two Weeks Away

The “Retiring Of The Wreaths” (Cleanup Day) is coordinated locally, with dates and times set by each Location Coordinator in conjunction with the cemetery administration. The date for Arlington National Cemetery is Saturday, December 20th, 2018 (starting at 8:30am).

Please use the map below to search for other location and contact info.
Volunteering At Arlington?

Volunteering At Arlington?

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for wreath clean-up day at ANC.
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Use This Map To Find Details About Locations Near You.

Use This Map To Find Details About Locations Near You.

Search over 1,422 locations nationwide.
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News Stories For And About Our Veterans

Veteran Receives Purple Heart 63 Years After Serving in Korean War

Veteran Receives Purple Heart 63 Years After Serving in Korean War

Six decades after serving in the Korean War, a 91-year-old man is getting the recognition he deserves.
Why the National Infantry Museum Is A Must-Visit For All Soldiers And Their Families

Why the National Infantry Museum Is A Must-Visit For All Soldiers And Their Families

The museum has something for everyone, from families with kids to history buffs to new infantrymen to those wishing to pay respect to fallen comrades.
The Ultra-Rare Marine Corps Uniform Accessory You May Never See

The Ultra-Rare Marine Corps Uniform Accessory You May Never See

Though it’s still a legal uniform item, the Boat Cloak is ultra-rare to actually see someone wear. Those who have seen it call it “magnificent.”
Im still around: Last Remaining WWII Sailor From USS Chester Is Waxahachies Best-Kept Secret

‘I’m still around’: Last Remaining WWII Sailor From USS Chester Is Waxahachie’s Best-Kept Secret

“Accelerate your life” is a motto lived out by one of Waxahachie’s best-kept secrets. Found on the corner of West Main Street in The
This fighter Pilot fFew The Last Mission Over Japan In WWII. Then He Learned To Love His Enemy.

This fighter Pilot fFew The Last Mission Over Japan In WWII. Then He Learned To Love His Enemy.

It was Aug. 13, 1945, four days after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Japan had suffered unimaginable destruction, but Emperor Hirohito refused to surrender.Capt. Jerry Yellin, an…

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Join us on December 15th (the 3rd Saturday in December), 2018 for National Wreaths Across America Day. Use this map to find a location and sign up to volunteer. Can’t find a location near you? You can start one (adding new locations for 2018)!
Donate or Sign Up To Volunteer

This Week We Remembered…

Each day we #SayTheirNames and #We Remember:

On January 2nd, we remembered Army Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton, who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day 14 years ago while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On January 3rd, we posted about Marine Sgt. Thomas E. Houser, who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day 13 years ago while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On January 4th, we honored Navy Lieutenant Jesse Beasley who served during the Korean War and gave his life on this day in 1954.
On January 5th, we recognized the service and sacrifice of Army Major Michael L. Mundell made the ultimate sacrifice on this day 11 years ago.
For January 6th, we gave tribute and a moment of silence for Army PFC Edward Joseph Drew IIgave his life for our country on this day 50 years ago while serving in Vietnam.
On January 7th, we remembered Marine Sergeant Wallace Norman Wood who served during the Korean War.
And on January 8th, we honored the loss 9 years ago, of Army Cpl. Keith E. Essary and Army Sgt. Joshua L. Rath who gave their lives while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Remember this…. In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”

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Share the Road Professional Truck Driver Ralph Garcia of ABF Freight spoke on his experience of delivering more than 3,600 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America – Official Page. Ralph believes in doing his part to Remember, Honor, and Teach for the patriots and fallen heroes who served this great country.
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Wreaths Across America Toy Truck Block Set Giveaway (3 different ways to win)!

Wreaths Across America Toy Truck Block Set Giveaway (3 different ways to win)!

As part of our thank you to the trucking industry, make sure you enter the WAA Toy Truck Block Set Giveaway and Share The Mission with your littlest loved ones. No cost to enter.

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[eNewsletter #165] Happy New Year and cleanup planning…

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


Wishing You A Happy New Year!

While the eastern part of the country is hunkered down for today’s winter storm, and others are just coming out of the deep freeze, we want to wish you a warm and Happy New Year!

And we have several stories that will warm your heart as you come in from the cold…
For example, did you know that over the past two weeks since Wreath Day (December 16th), hundreds of volunteers (including our Chairman Wayne Hanson, his wife Ann, and the Worcester family after traveling down from Maine) have been back to the cemeteries, picking up wreaths that were blown over by the winter winds. Each wreath was placed again as a reaffirmed sign of respect.
Or maybe you will join the thousands and thousands of volunteers who will go out later this month (see more info below) to help “retire the wreaths” in an effort that is every bit as much about the Mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.
And lastly, perhaps you saw the Wreaths Across America story told on NBC with Lester Holt (see the link below) or dozens of other media stations who captured the stories of our volunteers at locations all across the Nation.
This Organization Honors Fallen Soldiers With Graveside Wreaths

This Organization Honors Fallen Soldiers With Graveside Wreaths

With over 1 million volunteers, Wreaths Across America has paid tribute to veterans with over 1.5 million wreaths at 1,422 cemeteries nationwide.
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Clean-up Day Details

Volunteering At Arlington?

Volunteering At Arlington?

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for wreath clean-up day at ANC.
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Use This Map To Find Details About Locations Near You.

Use This Map To Find Details About Locations Near You.

Search over 1,422 locations nationwide.
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It is never too early to #JoinTheMission. www.wreathsacrossamerica.org


Following The Mission To Remember, Honor, and Teach, Across The Nation

This is a small sampling of the many photos that have continued to be shared with us these past couple of weeks since last weekend’s event at 1,422 locations nationwide.
Florida National Cemetery, Photo by Alan Tripp

Florida National Cemetery, Photo by Alan Tripp

Beautiful Photo From Fort Mitchell National Cemetery

Beautiful Photo From Fort Mitchell National Cemetery

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And Here Are Two Videos From This Year’s Escort To Arlington You Don’t Want To Miss

A Full Circle Moment For This Gold Star Mother

A Full Circle Moment For This Gold Star Mother

This spontaneous moment the night before National Wreath Day this year illustrated the importance of holding up our troops and their families every day, but particularly during the holidays. Our military families sacrifice so much and endure such heartache during times of separation and loss. This story of service shared by Schneider’s professional driver David Price, accompanied by Lindsay Lawler and Chris Roberts, was a powerful reminder there are empty seats at thousands of family tables this holiday season.
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A flashback from the 2017 Annual Wreath Escort

A flashback from the 2017 Annual Wreath Escort

The Convoy Chorus is born!
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News Stories For And About Our Veterans

WWII Veteran Receives Quilt of Valor

WWII Veteran Receives Quilt of Valor

It was a “Great Day” on Dec. 4 as the Betsy Ross Quilting Bee of the Village Quilt Guild presented a Quilt of Valor to John S. Matthews.
Rolling Thunder Quietly Honors WWII Veteran in Dearborn Heights

Rolling Thunder Quietly Honors WWII Veteran in Dearborn Heights

They came as quietly as the snow, in vehicles better equipped than motorcycles to navigate slippery roads, but that didn’t stop Rolling Thunder from honoring a local veteran on Christmas
What I Saw I Will Never Forget

What I Saw I Will Never Forget

The storage unit’s corrugated metal door slid upward, revealing 100 square feet of mostly empty space. Not very promising, thought Joe Alosi, a businessman who bid on units, sight unseen, when tenants stopped paying the rent.

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“Remember this…. In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”

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Jersey Mikes Supports Wreaths Across America

Jersey Mike’s Supports Wreaths Across America

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[eNewsletter #164] It was one amazing day…

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


One Amazing Day!

1,422 participating locations nationwide; nearly 500 truckloads transporting 1,565,000 veterans’ remembrance wreaths throughout the country. Immeasurable love and respect show to our active duty military, veterans, and their families. Thank you America!
I cannot express the pride we all feel, when given a chance to step back and take in the view of a mission accomplished, after the wreaths have been placed. But what I am most proud of – is our volunteers. They persevere through all kinds of weather and challenges – all heeding the call to do their part. They help make the Wreaths Across America experience available to everyone.
Without them, there would be no Wreath Day. No quiet moments between families and between generations. No solemn salutes.
They (our volunteers) are the caretakers of our freedom, by honoring those who fought and sacrifice for those freedoms. Congratulations on a job well done.
~ Karen Worcester | Executive Director
and the Wreaths Across America Team
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From The Smallest Locations To the Large – It Was A Day Filled With The Mission To Remember, Honor, and Teach

These are just a small sample of the many stories, photos, and videos that were shared on the Wreaths Across America page this weekend after the events at 1,422 locations nationwide.
Patriotism and Pride Shown Across the Nation on National Wreath Day

Patriotism and Pride Shown Across the Nation on National Wreath Day

In 1992, a wreath-maker from Maine had 5,000 extra wreaths. Rather than letting them go to waste, he gave the wreaths as a gift of thanks for the service and sacrifice made by our nation’s…
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New Wreaths Across America group honors 2,100 veterans graves in North Huntingdon

New Wreaths Across America group honors 2,100 veterans’ graves in North Huntingdon

Grave by grave, more than 2,000 veterans in two North Huntingdon cemeteries were honored with wreaths, salutes and thank-yous Saturday with the inauguration of a new chapter of Wreaths…
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Check Out This Great Image From Fort Logan, CO

Check Out This Great Image From Fort Logan, CO

Thank you to volunteer Erin Rafferty for sharing this unique look at the events of the day from Fort Logan.
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3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

December 16, 2017 marked the 26th Annual National Wreaths Across America Day. Over 75,000 volunteers laid wreaths on over 230,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery. (U.S. Army video by Pvt. Jacob Plank)
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Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

More than 75,000 volunteers braved the cold weather and heavy traffic to help#HonorThem during #WreathsAcrossAmerica Day at #ArlingtonNationalCemetery this past Saturday, Dec. 16.
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See Images From Long Island National

See these image shared on Facebook, of volunteers who placed wreaths as Long Island National, in their biggest year so far!
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WAAs Youngest Ambassador Visits The National Cemetery Of The Alleghenies

WAA’s Youngest Ambassador Visits The National Cemetery Of The Alleghenies

Mighty Miles and his mother report in from the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies where over 10,000 wreaths were placed by over 4,000 volunteers.
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Other Stories This Week, For And About Our Veterans

This Coast Guardsman saved a Navy base during the Vietnam War

This Coast Guardsman saved a Navy base during the Vietnam War

It’s not widely known the Coast Guard served in Vietnam – and every armed conflict since 1790. This attack hit the Naval Detachment south of the Vietnam DMZ.
6 rare facts about the Battle of the Bulge

6 rare facts about the Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of the Bulge was a Hail Mary pass by a führer who was quickly running out of options. Hitler desperately needed a decisive victory on either his Western or Eastern front….

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“Remember this…. In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”

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To everyone who helps play a role in carrying out the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach – we want to say THANK YOU for another great year!
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Wreaths Across America – San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presido

Over the weekend, several of our members joined the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division on Saturday for the Wreaths Across America event at the National Cemetery at the Presidio here in San Francisco.  Here are some pictures we took.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, here are some pictures that we were able to find from others on social media.