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Mission Matters Newsletter: Will you join us for the count down to Wreaths Across America Day 2020?

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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Dear friend,

As summer nears to a close, and the focus shifts back to school (virtually, in most cases) and the fall, we can’t help but get excited for our favorite time of year, WREATH SEASON!

 

During this time of year, Wreaths Across America’s thousands of dedicated volunteers really kick up efforts to raise awareness and wreath sponsorships needed to support local efforts in their communities across the country. This year, we already have more than 2,200 participating locations registered to host wreath laying events and ceremonies as part of National Wreaths Across America Day – Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. The team here is working with local, state and national officials to provide guidance and recommendations to host these events safely. We encourage you to find the location near you that you’d like to support and sign up to volunteer at or sponsor a $15 wreath for that location so that you will receive regular updates about that location’s event plans.

 

This year, to help build awareness for the more than 4,000 Sponsorship Groups that support the program, we’ll be featuring a “100 Day Countdown to Wreath Day.” During this 100 Day #WAACountdown we’ll highlight a new Sponsorship Group each day who is supporting the mission in their own community and understand their WHY for participating. This campaign will kick off on Saturday, Sept 10, and run through Wreath Day on Saturday, Dec. 19. Tune in to Wreaths Across America Radio’s Morning Show, Monday-Friday, 6-10am ET, to hear from different groups and follow along on social media to see daily features about these amazing volunteers and how you can support their efforts.

 

If you’ve already sponsored a wreath this year, please consider inviting someone new to the program – all are welcome to help place wreaths and every $15 received honors an American Hero!

 

REMEMBER. HONOR. TEACH.

JOIN US!

National Flag Waving Event

Friday, Sept 11, 2020

This year, to mark the 19th anniversary of September 11th, and the one year anniversary of Wreaths Across America taking over the weekly flag waving tradition started by the Freeport Flag Ladies on Sept. 11, 2001, we will be hosting a national flag waving event.

Please, join us from wherever you are in the country by standing outside and waving an American flag, starting at 8:46 am ET. Share your participation by posting pictures and videos to social media, tagging the Wreaths Across America Facebook Official page and using the hashtag #FlagsAcrossTheCountry.

Featured 2020 Merchandise

WAA Mask and Hand Sanitizer Combo

Wreaths Across America- Mask & Hand Sanitizer Combo

Every Star Tells A Story

Every STAR Tells a Story- American Gold Star Mothers Book w/ Wreath Sponsorship

HE IS BAAAAACK!

After a short health hiatus over the summer, we are pleased to announce that “Morning Man” Michael W. Hale is back on the Wreaths Radio airwaves!

 

Monday – Friday, 6-10am ET; we’re A Voice for America’s Veterans and Those Who Support Them! Tune in online, or pick us up on a smartphone app like Simple Radio or TuneIn.
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#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. 

Oshkosh neighbors organize parade to celebrate veteran’s 100th birthday Watch Video

15-year-old boy is carving wooden flags to support ‘forgotten heroes’  Read More

Lubbock war veteran gets new roof for Hero Home Read More

Swansea Scout makes sure every veteran’s grave has a flag Read More

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Polishing our patriotism. Mission Matters Newsletter from Wreaths Across America.

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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While 2020 has been an interesting year (to say the least), it’s also been a year of people coming together to help their neighbors. Nationwide, our volunteers have stepped up and pitched in to not only HONOR and REMEMBER our veterans, but to give back to their very own communities.

This past month, Wreaths Across America led by example, by transitioning our annual concert into our first ever Virtual Concert, drawing in support from thousands of Americans. The media
attention surrounding this event was incredible! We had almost 300 stories nationwide, in 42 of the 50 states, which has a positive impact on the mission of Wreaths Across America to REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH.

During our virtual concert, Karen Worcester, our Executive Director, declared, “THERE WILL BE A WREATHS DAY THIS YEAR!”

While the Wreaths Across America ceremonies may look a bit different than usual, efforts to honor and remember all our nation’s heroes won’t stop until the mission is complete. Just like our veterans, we will adapt and improvise!

When December 19th rolls around and we’re all standing proud, in unity, to HONOR and REMEMBER our nation’s veterans at each of our Wreaths Across America Day ceremonies, our hearts will be full as we reflect back on this past year that’s helped us grow and change and become even stronger than we ever thought we could become.

Remember. Honor. Teach.

“During our Giving in July Virtual Concert I talked a lot about the need to polish our patriotism. And the more I think about this, the more it resonates with me. During difficult times it can be hard to see the good, and I personally feel that it is what we are experiencing right now in this country. It’s time for people to come together to unite in their communities and find common ground. I hope Wreaths Across America’s mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those that served and their families, and Teach the next generation the value of freedom can be one of these unifiers. I can guarantee you that National Wreaths Across America Day is going to happen this December, so please join us in the mission and get involved in your community today! Let’s work together to polish our patriotism and let it shine.”

#AmericaProud #AmericaStrong.

– Karen Worcester, Executive Director, Wreaths Across America


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Tiger Flight 739 Monument Groundbreaking

On Friday, July 17, a ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the site of the monument that will be built this year in honor of the lives lost on March 16, 1962, over the Western Pacific Ocean.  The aircraft was transporting 93 jungle-trained U.S. Army Rangers and 3 South Vietnamese soldiers from Travis Air Force Base in California to Saigon, Vietnam. After refueling in Guam, the flight was en route to the Philippines when communication was lost and it disappeared. All 107 aboard were declared missing and presumed dead. For nearly 60 years, surviving families have received no answers and the names of these young soldiers have yet to be added to the Vietnam Wall in D.C., after years of petitioning Congress to ensure they are remembered.

Wreaths Across America and its founder Morrill Worcester are honored to provide some healing for these families with a new memorial to be located on the tip land amongst the balsam fir trees adorned with replica dog tags of thousands of fallen heroes.

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Wreaths Across America’s Mobile Education Exhibit

“Remember, Honor, Teach” is a phrase you’ll likely hear repeated more than a few times across the nation as the Wreaths Across America’s Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE) has been visiting states across the country.
The MEE, contains colorfully illustrated informational panels, a small theater, and is a place where visitors have an opportunity to explore and honor veterans as well as learn more about the organization through videos, interactive connections, and a knowledgeable staff.

Communities are welcoming the MEE with open arms and enthusiastic support, while media attention has been both positive and inspiring. With a little more than a month under our belt back on the road, we have seen about 75 newspaper, radio, TV and on-line articles all geared toward the local communities being visited and the stories of Vietnam Veterans who are being welcomed home (many, for the very first time).
Stefan Brann, the MEE driver and caretaker said “When you see the good that this does, when you see the families of veterans, veterans themselves and how much it means to them, you can’t help but be touched by it, and you just want to be a part of it.”

It is important to note that these visits are all in compliance with CDC Safety Guidelines and also meet, or exceed, any state requirements and/or suggestions. This diligent effort on behalf of the MEE team has helped make this a safe event to attend and a much needed reminder of what Americans can accomplish when we all work together.

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Featured 2020 Merchandise

 #AmericaStrong Lawn Sign and Bundles

Support the Wreaths Across America mission to REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH while showing your community that you are #AmericaStrong!

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Don’t miss out – download the app for Wreaths Across America Radio and TUNE IN from anywhere, anytime to hear uplifting music and learn from our motivational guests!

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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. 


Sevier County wounded warrior receives home from foundation

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Reinstalling and cleaning headstones at Davenport City Cemetery

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Wilmington police officers trim overgrown shrubs for World War II veteran

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Get Ready For Giving In July – Mission Matter Newsletter From Wreaths Across America

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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On Wednesday, July 1st, we officially begin our month-long celebration of Giving in July!

The entire month of July is dedicated to sharing the Wreaths Across America mission to REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH by highlighting those giving back to their local communities. As we kick off #GivingInJuly, we invite you to join us by giving to other like-minded charities, community programs, and civic groups who are contributing to your local community.

This year, we’re especially excited to be hosting a VIRTUAL Giving in July Concert Event LIVE on the Wreaths Across America – Official Facebook Page, on Sunday, July 19th, from 7-10pm EST!

Join us for this LIVE event where you’ll enjoy our featured music artists who embody patriotism, are supportive of our country’s veterans and their families, and who are actively involved in furthering the Wreaths Across America mission to REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH. You’ll also hear a touching message from Operation RedWing Lone Survivor, United States Navy SEAL (RET) Marcus Luttrell and his wife, Melanie. In addition, we’ll be highlighting volunteers from all across the country and their stories of giving back to their local communities.

Remember. Honor. Teach.

Help a Sponsorship Group Giving Back in Your Community!

In 2007, Wreaths Across America expanded its annual wreath placement event to enable groups and organizations to support national, state and local participating cemeteries across the country. We established the Group Sponsorship Program to benefit other like-minded charities, community programs and civic groups through the sale of wreath sponsorships for participating locations. Sponsorship Groups that sign up as a $5-back member, receive $5-of-each-$15 wreath sponsorship to be used for their own local programs happening in the community.

Since its start, Wreaths Across America has given back more than $12M to programs across the country through this offering.

Support a Sponsorship Group Today!

We are #AmericaStrong

“In these troubled times, it’s important for us as Americans to look to those who have served and sacrificed for our freedom and emulate their character and courage. Having been given the freedom to agree, disagree and compromise we must come together to build a path to the future for the next generation instilling in them the responsibility to care for that freedom. Together we can and will face these difficult times ahead with renewed commitment to remain, as always, America Strong!”

– Karen Worcester, Executive Director, Wreaths Across America

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Sponsor Spotlight – GEICO

We would like to extend THANKS to our new Corporate Sponsor GEICO for their generous donation of $100,000! Their commitment to the communities in which their employees and customers live and work is valued. This donation goes to support wreath sponsorships at 19 participating locations across the country! We look forward to having the GEICO team join us in placing wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day this December 19th, 2020.

Stem to Stone Race Tour 2020

JULY 18 
Columbia Falls, Maine

This will be our first IN-PERSON event, and it will also feature the VIRTUAL aspect for those who would still like to participate, but cannot attend.

Each race registration will place a veteran’s wreath this December, at the location of your choosing. Participants will receive a race bib where they can write who they are running to remember, a finishers medal, and an event t-shirt.

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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!

This month, Wreaths Across America’s Kid’s Corner Presents Emma Landrum in Decatur, Alabama

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Featured 2020 Merchandise

 #AmericaStrong and Wreaths Across America Bandanas

Not only can you wear your WAA banana 12 different ways, but you’ll also be supporting the Wreaths Across America mission to REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH, while showing that we are #AmericaStrong!

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#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. 


Danville veteran receives new roof for free

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Crown Point Boy Scouts fulfill dying veteran’s wish

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Volunteers clean up Louisville’s Greenwood Cemetery where soldiers, pastors are buried

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100th birthday drive by for WWII Navy Veteran

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D-Day veteran presented with van

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Hundreds Pay Final Respects to World War II Veteran

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Remember and Honor This Memorial Day: Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters Newsletter

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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This Memorial Day, and always, we REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH about those who have served and sacrificed for our freedoms and for the families they left behind.

Now, as many communities around our country cancel traditional plans, it is perhaps more important than ever that we take the time to observe Memorial Day in the spirit it was intended. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is not “the unofficial start of summer” as so many believe, but is a day for remembering all men and women who have died in military service for the United States.

You may be concerned that the sacrifice made by those brave men and women will go unnoticed this year if your community has to cancel Memorial Day observations or limit attendance at ceremonies. That doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some ways you can continue to REMEMBER and HONOR this Memorial Day:

Say Their Names.
When a volunteer places a wreath on a veteran’s grave on National Wreaths Across America Day, we encourage them to speak that veteran’s name aloud, thank them for their service and sacrifice, and reflect on that person and their life. This solemn and moving moment is one of the most important aspects of National Wreaths Across America Day. In fact, we encourage our volunteers at every participating location to perform this action for every veteran, even if they do not have a wreath dedicated to each veteran at their location.

This Memorial Day, consider taking a similar moment to honor the fallen veterans in your community by sharing their names or stories. This is a simple action that can easily be performed virtually if you are unable to hold in-person events in your community. Try creating a short video and sharing it on social media or encourage families in your community to contribute photos, names, and stories of the veterans in their lives.

Honor a Loved One Through the Remembrance Tree Program.
Wreaths Across America established the Veteran’s Remembrance Tree Program as another way to remember and honor our veterans. In Columbia Falls, Maine, where the balsam tips are harvested each year to be made into the wreaths that are placed on veteran’s graves, Gold Star Families may participate in the Remembrance Tree Program by finding a tree that will become a living memorial to their loved one and placing a customized dog tag on the trunk of the evergreen tree. These trees are kept in production and their balsam tips are harvested every three years and made into veterans’ wreaths that are placed each December. Participation in this program is FREE and open to all families who have had a loved one in the military.

Give the Gift of Remembrance.
With every $15 veteran’s wreath sponsorship, you have the opportunity to dedicate it “In Memory Of” a friend or loved one who served. In addition to placing the wreaths each December on National Wreaths Across America day, Wreaths Across America hosts a virtual “ Remember Wall” for each participating location. You can post photos, memories and personal messages on these pages as a year-round display of remembrance.

To further honor our veterans this year, we’ll be sharing a selection of the “Remember Wall” messages on the Wreaths Across America Official social media pages over the coming days/weeks. If you’d like to participate, start your sponsorship here or search for the Wreaths Across America location you wish to support.

No matter how you remember and honor this weekend, we hope you do so with gratitude for those who were willing to sacrifice for this country and all who call her home of the free…because of the brave.

Remember. Honor. Teach. #AmericaStrong

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New TEACH Series – Stories of Character, Courage and Sacrifice

Wreaths Across America is proud to partner with American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., to share a new TEACH series focusing on CHARACTER.

Starting this week, we’ll be sharing this special project, which includes interviews with Gold Star parents across the country and our executive director Karen Worcester, on our Official Facebook page. Oftentimes we’ll see Karen’s 12-year-old grandson, Miles, join in the conversation to learn about these American heroes and the courage and sacrifice that both they and their families endure.

We hope you will watch, share, and help TEACH the next generation about these extraordinary men and women and the families who keep their memory alive everyday.

Join one of Stem to Stone VIRTUAL 5K Races

Run, walk, ruck, and roll to REMEMBER, safely, on your own course and on your own time.

Each race registration will place a veteran’s wreath this December, at the location of your choosing. Participants will receive a race bib where they can write who they are running to remember, a finishers medal, and an event t-shirt.

Saturday, May 23 – Arkansas Register Today
Saturday, June 13 – Colorado Register Today
Saturday, June 20 – Nevada Register Today

Help support your community, get outside and be part of a fun, virtual fundraising event!

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Monthly Features

Wreaths Across America Radio LIVE on RadioNemo, Sirius/XM Channel 146, Road Dog Trucking Radio

Tune in tomorrow Friday, May 22, at 10:05am EST! Wreaths Across America Radio’s Michael W. Hale joins Jimmy Mac on SiriusXM on the Dave Nemo Show for their Remember, Honor, Teach segment. They’ll be joined by USMC veteran, and Gold Star Dad, Mike Stansbery with J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

Save The Date: Giving In July Virtual Concert
July 19, 2020
7:00 PM (EDT)

Giving in July virtual concert, with musical guests live from Nashville and special guests from across the country sharing their stories of how the mission to REMEMBER, HONOR, and TEACH impacts their local community.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks – we hope you’ll join us!

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#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. 


WWII veteran celebrates 94th birthday with parade

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Local Veteran Given New Roof by Local Charities

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Thousands of bikers in Circleville take ‘one last ride’ for veteran with stage 4 lung cancer

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Florida teen belts out national anthem to entertain neighborhood during coronavirus lockdown

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Watch & Teach: #WePledgeAllegiance Challenge + More! Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters Newsletter

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This past weekend, I had the honor of representing the Wreaths Across America family, surrounded by many of my own family, in a network morning news segment detailing our #WePledgeAllegiance challenge. The goal of sharing this message with a national audience was to serve as a reminder that now, more than ever, it is so important for us to come together as Americans.

As we head into May – a month devoted to honoring our nation’s military and their families – and we remain at home teaching our youth from kitchen tables, I encourage you that now is the time to TEACH your children the pledge of allegiance and what the flag stands for.  And most important, help them to learn about the men and women who have served and sacrificed for this country so that all who live here may remain free.️

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester
Executive Director

We want to hear from you and your community – join us in the #WePledgeAllegiance Challenge. Record your child(ren) reciting the pledge, tag Wreaths Across America official Facebook page and use the hashtag #WePledgeAllegiance.

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Save The Date
Sunday, July 19, 2020 – LIVE from around the nation!
Wreaths Across America’s Giving in July Concert
This LIVE VIRTUAL event will stream on Facebook and will include live entertainment by music stars and dedications from around the country.

Performers and special guests to be announced in May – stay tuned!


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KID’S CORNER

13-year-old Elise Ketler is a student at the Ryan Gloyer Middle School in Pennsylvania. Elise says her Mom discovered Wreaths Across America on the internet and she participated in her first wreath-laying activities at Arlington National Cemetery in 2017 when she was in sixth grade. Elise raised enough money in 2018 to place 111 wreaths and last year she raised enough to cover 258 headstones.

To hear Elise’s story, tune in to Wreaths Across America Radio on Friday, May 1, 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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In 2019, 4,078 Sponsorship Groups raised funds to sponsor veterans’ wreaths to be placed on the headstones of our nation’s military service members at 2,158 participating locations?

More than half these groups include youth and military service organizations, civic, community and athletic groups, corporate and educational programs and more. With each $15 wreath sponsored, groups are raising $5 back for their own community programs.

Find a Sponsorship Group in your community and help do good twice with your $15 by honoring a veteran AND giving back to your local community. Or, sign up to fundraise as your own Sponsorship Group in 2020.

Featured Fundraiser: Stem to Stone VIRTUAL 5K Races

Each registration will place a veteran’s wreath this December at the location of your choosing. Runners will also receive a race bib where they can write who they are running to remember, a finishers medal, and the first 200 registrants will receive an event t-shirt.

Help support your community, get outside and be part of a fun, safe, virtual fundraising event!

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#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. 


John Cena Pays for Retired Veteran’s Groceries at Publix in Florida

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Man honors veteran who died from COVID-19 with taps

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New York City police grocery shop for elderly Korean War veteran stuck inside

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Son surprises 101-year-old veteran father with drive-by birthday party

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