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

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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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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Phone: 1 (877) 385 9504
Email: helpdesk@wreathsacrossamerica.org

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

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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LISTEN TO WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA RADIO – ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!
Each December, hundreds of volunteer trucking companies and professional truck drivers support our mission. Subscribe now if  you’d like to be added to our new quarterly email newsletter for our valued transportation partners.
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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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Email: helpdesk@wreathsacrossamerica.org

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

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

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I know people in our great nation are struggling to make sense of this health epidemic brought about by COVID-19, or the Coronavirus.

I speak for both myself and the entire extended Wreaths Across America family when expressing our deep appreciation to those of you who remain on the front lines treating the ill, and fighting the spread – from the health care workers to the professional truck drivers and first responders, and all those essential individuals doing their part to keep America moving and safe, thank you.

Many times throughout our history, we’ve been called together as Americans to sacrifice and fight for our nation. Our mission to remember, honor, and teach is as important as ever and our staff and
volunteers are working to provide you with useful and educational information.

We’re using our technology channels already in place which include, Wreaths Across America
Radio, our blog and social media pages. We’ll be sharing ideas and activities with you
throughout the coming weeks to help keep your family active and connected to your communities, safely.

As always, be kind to one another and understand we’re in this together. As our slogan for 2020
reminds us, “Be An American Worth Fighting For.”

Remember. Honor. Teach. #AmericaStrong🇺🇸️

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester
Executive Director

#WePledgeAllegiance Challenge

During this time of national crisis and uncertainty, it is clear people are turning to social media to gain a sense of community and maybe even learn something along the way.

Given that children and educators (and now parents) are schooling from home, we thought one way Wreaths Across America could provide some positivity during this time is to continue to live the mission and help TEACH!

We’ve started an easy, educational, patriotic challenge that encourages kids and families to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. 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 and use the hashtag #WePledgeAllegiance.

Below, is a short video by our own beloved WAA Museum curator and retired school teacher, Mrs. Willey, teaching us all a lesson on the meaning behind the Pledge of Allegiance. If you have a few minutes to watch, please do!

It is so important, now, more than ever, that we feel connected to something greater than ourselves.


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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

Antonya Prior, who goes by Tony, is a high school sophomore in Indiana. Tony has been attending Wreaths Across America wreath-laying events with her Grandma since she was in 4th grade, and now she’s a dedicated volunteer.

To hear Antonya (Tony) Prior’s story, tune in to Wreaths Across America Radio on Friday, March 27, 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: Stem to Stone VIRTUAL 5K Races

Run to Remember, safely, on your own course and your own time.

Each race registration will place a veteran’s wreath next 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.

College Station, Texas – Sunday, April 19
Tampa, Florida – Saturday, April 25

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

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Wreaths Across America Radio LIVE on RadioNemo, Sirius/XM Channel 146, Road Dog Trucking Radio
Tune in tomorrow Friday, March 27, at 10:45am EST! Michael W. Hale, Morning Show Host for Wreaths Across America Radio, along with Don Queeney, Director of Transportation for Wreaths Across America will join in on the conversation with Jimmy Mac.

#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. 


Army veteran receives mortgage-free Newport News home

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Brockton veteran died without family, but hundreds turn out for funeral

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Maine men transform trailers into temporary homes for veterans

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Veteran’s widow grateful for new roof

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Phone: 1 (877) 385 9504
Email: helpdesk@wreathsacrossamerica.org

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

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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Monthly Features

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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Phone: 1 (877) 385 9504
Email: helpdesk@wreathsacrossamerica.org

 

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