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Mission Matters Newsletter: Do Good Twice with Giving In July!

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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Dear Michael Barbour,

 

Time is flying by and we’re all looking forward to July with its picnics, parades and patriotism on display. For WAA, July offers an opportunity to highlight one of our long-standing beliefs that we can best further our mission by working with other like-minded organizations.

I am often heard saying “it would be disingenuous to say that we remember, honor and teach and not support others that do the same.” To that end, we choose the month of July — often dedicated to the commercial promotion of ‘Christmas in July’ — and call attention to the efforts of other nonprofits doing good work in their communities.

WAA is so proud of the work done year round by our volunteers. It is not lost on us that their passion is often fueled by personal life experiences and often tragedy. That said, in their commitment to “make a difference for the good” lies the best promise of the continued greatness of this Country.

The greatness of this Country I believe is in the hearts of its people. That greatness is found in those who have laid down their lives for freedom, those who go above and beyond to hold communities together and even those who do a simple act of kindness. It is truly a mark of character and integrity to take personal loss and pain and turn it into a commitment to help others. The character of the American people is inherently good.

So, it is appropriate that we take this opportunity to promote “Giving in July.” Every month, we commit to sharing the stories of Americans in action that make us who we are. Those stories are the foundation laid for the future we build for our children.

Have a Happy July. Embrace your freedom and family and stay, America Strong and America Proud.

 

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester

REMEMBER. HONOR. TEACH.

“People Always” – Breaking Stigma on National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Injury Awareness Day

Joe Reagan is Wreaths Across America’s newest team member, recently joining the staff as the Director, Military & Veteran Outreach. Joe has over 10 years of experience working with leaders within Government, non-profit, and Fortune 500 companies to develop sustainable strategies supporting National Security, and Veterans Health. He served 8 years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army including two tours to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division.

 

We are grateful for his and his family’s service, his commitment to helping veterans and their families, and for joining the mission to REMEMBER. HONOR. TEACH.

 

Following, Joe shares a personal story with his experiences with PTSD. This will also be the topic for this Thursday’s second Wreaths Across America Roundtable on Veteran Healing. We encourage you to tune in at 7pm ET to learn more.

 

June 27th is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Injury Awareness Day. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness around the signs, symptoms, and stigma, associated with PTSD. As a former Infantry Officer with two deployments to Afghanistan this issue is deeply personal to me. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reported that somewhere between 10-15 percent of Veterans have a clinical diagnosis for post-traumatic stress. That number is likely far greater. A recent survey suggests that over a quarter of our population believes PTSD is incurable and those who have it are dangerous and mentally unstable – it is for this reason that so many Veterans refuse to seek help. 22 Veterans will take their own life today, two thirds of them will have never stepped foot inside a VA facility – 15 Veterans will die today without ever asking for help…

Wreaths Across America Radio RoundTable on Veteran Healing

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Roundtable

This live discussion will take place tonight—Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 7PM EST—and can be heard exclusively on Wreaths Across America Radio.

The discussion will focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and will look to recognize the scope of this trauma and how to turn it into purpose.

 

Panelists will be interviewed by Wreaths Across America’s Executive Director Karen Worcester and Director of Military & Veteran Outreach Joe Reagan, United States Army Capt. (ret).

 

Panelists:

Amy Looney serves as Vice President of Travis Manion Foundation, and leads a national movement focused on empowering veterans and families of the fallen to foster the next generation of leaders in the mission to unite communities to strengthen America’s national character. As a Gold Star Wife – her late husband, LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney was killed in Afghanistan on September 21, 2010, and awarded the Bronze Star with Valor – Amy has served as an inspirational champion for families of fallen service members, military families, veterans, and American troops.

 

Also joining the discussion from the Travis Manion Foundation is Josh Jabin, who serves as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading staff and developing strategy. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001 and served twelve years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2001 to 2013 and eight years in the Marine Corps Reserves.

 

Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Polizzi is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Acting Psychological Health Promotion Branch Chief and Government Action Officer for the inTransition program and the Real Warriors Campaign at the Defense Health Agency’s Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE).

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July is the perfect time of year to start thinking about the holiday season, and this year’s themed ornament makes the perfect gift!

 

Additionally, show your American Pride with an #AmericaStrong yard sign!

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Mission Matters Newsletter: friend of Wreaths Across America – Win and Send 100 Wreaths to the Location of Your Choice!

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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Dear friend of Wreaths Across America,

 

It’s not enough to remember…

 

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is an American holiday specifically designated for all to REMEMBER those who died in service to our Country. This weekend will be filled with wonderful patriotic parades, rides, runs, picnics and concerts as we Honor and Remember collectively the ultimate sacrifice of generations of American heroes.

 

At Wreaths Across America, our mission statement reflects our commitment to do exactly what Memorial Day is set aside to do, year round.

 

Over the years, we’ve learned how important it is to the future generation to not only remember those that served and “gave all” but to know them. To that end, our volunteers work every day to share the stories of those who served and sacrificed. And not only the account of how they died, but their lives.

 

As Gold Star Families open up about the lives of their sons, daughters, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, we discover that many of them possessed early on in their lives the characteristics of heroes. Men and women who served so selflessly, inspire us with their character and examples of leadership, altruism, compassion, and courage. They instill in us pride in our Country and stir in us a desire to be more like them in our daily lives.

 

Their collective legacy is our freedom. Our Country was built on their courage, character and sacrifice. Their heritage is our heritage.

 

We often say at Wreaths Across America that a person dies twice. The first time when they stop breathing and life leaves their body; the second and final time, when their name is spoken for the last time.

 

This Memorial Day, and every day, we will continue to say names, share stories and remind all that their sacrifice was made to ensure our freedoms.

 

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester

REMEMBER. HONOR. TEACH.

Give the Gift of Remembrance this Memorial Day!

With every $15 veteran’s wreath sponsorship, you have the opportunity to dedicate it “In Memory Of” a 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 for your loved ones.

 

If you’d like to participate, start your sponsorship here or search for the Wreaths Across America Sponsorship Group and/or a Participating Location you wish to support.

Remember Wall

Through Memorial Day, any Remembrance Wall posts made will be entered into a drawing for 10 random winners to send 100 veterans’ wreaths to the participating location of their choice!

Remembering Flying Tiger Line Flight 739

Flying Tiger Line Flight Monument

On Saturday, May 15, Wreaths Across America in partnership with the Worcester Family, unveiled a monument memorializing the soldiers and crew aboard Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 that disappeared without a trace on March 16, 1962.

 

For nearly 60 years, the families of the men and women on board this flight have waited for answers, and just as important, they’ve waited to see their loved ones Remembered and Honored with their names in stone.

 

Stories of this fateful flight as told by loved ones of those lost have now reached all corners of the United States. Our hope is that the names of the 93 Army Soldiers and 11 flight crew members (many of whom were veterans themselves) are continued to be said out loud and their stories be told.

 

Read the list of names of those onboard Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 here.

Wreaths Across America Radio

A Voice for America’s Veterans

 

Save the Date – Thursday, June 24 at 7 pm EDT: Wreaths Radio’s second in a series of four LIVE RoundTable discussions focused on Veteran Healing.

 

Wreaths Across America Radio Now Streaming on iHeartRadio! Download the app for free and listen live, from anywhere!

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We just released two new merchandise items that you can purchase to showcase your support of Wreaths Across America!

 

Check out our 2021 Theme Design lapel pin and our oatmeal navy hoodie.

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Mission Matters Newsletter: friend of Wreaths Across America – Would 100 Wreaths Make a Difference To Veterans In Your Community?

An item from the national organization Wreaths Across America.


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Dear friend of Wreaths Across America,

 

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

 

Memorial Day – originally called Decoration Day — was not established to be “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 this country.

 

Last year, many of the traditional Memorial Day observations were canceled due to the pandemic. But thanks to so many of our dedicated volunteers, heroes all over the country were still Remembered and Honored. We will continue to share their stories as we do every day of the year, and encourage you to find a way to do the same. The team here has put together some ideas below on how you can help ensure these men and women are honored and remembered not only on Memorial Day, but every day of the year.

 

No matter how you remember and honor, I hope you do so with gratitude for those who were willing to sacrifice for this country. I know I will.

 

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester

REMEMBER. HONOR. TEACH.

Give the Gift of Remembrance.

With every $15 veteran’s wreath sponsorship, you have the opportunity to dedicate it “In Memory Of” a 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.

 

From May 1-31, any Remembrance Wall posts made will be entered into a drawing for 10 random winners to send 100 veterans’ wreaths to the participating location of their choice!

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 Today.

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, 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.

You’re Invited!

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Join us virtually on Facebook as we officially unveil the new Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 memorial, constructed in honor of its namesake flight, which went missing March 16, 1962. When the plane disappeared without a trace, so did 93 U.S. Army Soldiers and their flight crew. All were declared missing in action, and presumed dead.

 

It has been nearly sixty years and for the victims’ families, questions and heartbreak still remain. We will be joined by surviving family members and friends of the lost souls aboard that plane to remember and honor their service forever.

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Wreaths Across America Radio Now Streaming on iHeart Radio!

Tune in weekdays for your chance to win 100 veterans’ wreaths for the participating Location of your choice. 10 lucky listeners will be randomly selected at the end of May. You must tune in to win!

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Show you support for WAA with our new pint glasses! This new item features our 2021 theme, and makes for a great collectible!

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Mission Matters Newsletter: friend of Wreaths Across America – A Few Ways You Can Say “Welcome Home.”

A newsletter from an important veterans organization here in the United States.


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Dear friend of Wreaths Across America,

On Monday, March 29, Wreaths Across America will dedicate the day to honoring our nation’s Vietnam Veterans as we recognize National Vietnam War Veterans Day. However, this is not something we only do one day a year. As a Commemorative Partner of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, we actively honor these veterans every day through the sharing of their stories and by saying “Welcome Home” every time we have the privilege of doing so.

 

The Mobile Education Exhibit has been on the road since February, and in that time the team has had the honor of pinning and welcoming home more than 130 Vietnam Veterans. As we do at the WAA National Museum Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home Exhibit, we ask these veterans to sign the wall as part of this presentation so their names are written for posterity and said aloud by future generations.

 

Next week, I’ll be traveling to Arlington, Virginia, to meet with leadership of the Vietnam War Commemoration to renew our partnership so that we can continue to expand upon our mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, through outreach in the communities where these veterans and their families live, to help welcome them all home, and to teach the next generation about their sacrifice, courage and patriotism.

 

Please join us, next week and always, as we share these veterans stories of character and service.

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester

REMEMBER. HONOR. TEACH.

Ways to Join Us On National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Monday, March 29, 2021

Wreaths Across America Radio Morning Show with Michael W. Hale – LIVE from 6-10am
Featured interviews with Vietnam Veterans including Former Vietnam POW Captain Ralph Galati and Chairman of the Board Wayne Hanson, recipient of two Bronze Stars during the Vietnam War.

 

Facebook LIVE at 12pm ET with Executive Director Karen Worcester from the Maine Military Museum in South Portland, Maine, where curator Lee Humiston will share some of his world-renown Vietnam War POW/MIA collection with viewers on the Wreaths Across America Facebook Official page.

 

Follow up on our social media channels (FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedIn) throughout the day as we highlight Vietnam Veterans we’ve had the privilege of honoring by welcoming them home and thanking them for their service. Something most of these veterans have long waited to hear from their fellow Americans. Please join in the conversation by sharing the pictures and names of your Veterans in the comments!

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Ahead of National Vietnam Veterans Day in one week, show your support for our Vietnam Veterans and welcome them home with our Facebook frame.

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

Watch and share this video from the Escort to Arlington’s stop at the Vietnam Wall in 2019 on YouTube or Facebook.

TONIGHT: 7pm ET/6 pm CT/4 pm PT Tune in to Wreaths Across America Radio for our first RoundTable on Veteran Healing

Wreaths Radio is a voice for America’s veterans and those who support them. Join us Thursday evening, March 25, 2021, at 7 PM ET for the Wreaths Radio Roundtable discussion on veterans health focusing on resiliency, purpose and success.

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The guest panelists will be interviewed by U.S. Army Capt. (ret.) Joe Reagan and Wreaths Across America’s Executive Director, Karen Worcester. Guest panelists for the March 25th broadcast include Maj. Gen. Peter Aylward with the Vietnam War Commemoration and U.S. Marine (ret.) Edward McEvoy, the National Outreach Program Specialist for the VA.

Tune in live online on Wreaths Across America Radio or via your iHeart Radio app.

What is a Veteran’s Wreath?

Wreaths Across America does not ‘decorate’ graves. Our more than two million volunteers place live, hand-made Veterans’ Wreaths on the headstones of our nation’s heroes each December as a symbol of Honor and Respect.

In our newest video 13-year old ‘Mighty’ Miles Worcester shares what these wreaths mean and why it is so important to honor them all.

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Show your support for WAA sporting our new red tote! Perfect for packing your essentials before heading out to volunteer on Wreaths Across America Day, this large tote bag has soft rope handles and is a beautiful red – just like the bows on our Veterans’ Wreaths!

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Mission Matters Newsletter February 2021: The Perfect Time of Year To Remember, Honor, Teach

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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Dear friend of Wreaths Across America,

As the executive director of Wreaths Across America, I am often asked what else we do besides place veterans’ wreaths during the holidays. This is a question that provides me the opportunity to share perhaps the most important part of the Wreaths Across America mission: TEACH.

I’m reminded of a quote from the Talmud, “When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.”

Throughout the year, we encourage activities and share information and content that highlights the courage and character of our veterans, active duty military and their families. We encourage outreach that establishes a personal connection with those who have secured and guarded our freedom. To the credit of the many volunteer Location Coordinators and Sponsorship Groups, they are the ambassadors sharing these values represented in the mission statement.

In the coming weeks we will be announcing new (and renewed) partnerships that will offer more opportunity to TEACH about the men and women who served during the Vietnam War as well as programs focusing on integrity, patriotism, courage and sacrifice.

Our 2021 theme challenges us to ‘Live up to their Legacy.’ It is the daily walk of patriotism that we promote, with your help, a constant reminder of bravery and sacrifice that is their legacy. Their personal stories are the cornerstone to build a love of country and appreciation for the cost of freedom for generations to come.

Please join us as we take on the opportunity this year to remember our heroes and the responsibility to teach our sons and daughters.

With gratitude,

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Karen Worcester

Remember ~ Honor ~ Teach

2021 Virtual Race Program

We’re excited to announce this year’s WAA virtual race program, which is the result of an expanded partnership with event-management and timing company CompetitorME!

 

The variety of options for participants provides an opportunity to build community awareness and understanding of WAA’s yearlong mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, while helping staying healthy and raising funds on the local level to support Participating Locations and Sponsorship Groups in your community!

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The complete list of the race options and open registrations can be found at competitorme.com/wreaths-across-america, and include:

  • Escort to Arlington Challenge: This 737-mile virtual course starts in Columbia Falls, Maine, where WAA is headquartered and travels down the East Coast to Arlington, Virginia, just as the annual escort to Arlington does each December.
  • Running for Wreaths (5K & 10K) Virtual Races – May and September: Participants have the flexibility to run/walk/ruck/bike on the course of their choosing while raising funds to sponsor veterans’ wreaths for Participating Locations or Sponsorship Groups they support.

Stem to Stone Remembrance Run (in-person in Maine, with virtual option): 2021 will be the 3rd year this race is hosted on the tip lands in Maine where balsam is grown and harvested each year to make the veterans’ wreaths placed on the headstones of our nation’s heroes.

$15 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 18th, 2021. 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 of fundraising dollars Wreaths Across America has given back to other groups and nonprofits through the Group Sponsorship Program since its start.

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Tune in to Wreaths Across America Radio!

Mission Matters: Every Wednesday you can tune in to Wreaths Radio for Mission Matters, a half-hour broadcast hosted by Wreaths Across America’s Executive Director Karen Worcester. Karen talks with Gold Star families, veterans, and others impacted by the mission to remember, honor, and teach.

 

You can catch Mission Matters Wednesdays at 10:00 AM and again at 7:00 PM EST. You can listen online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio or on a free smartphone app like TuneIn or Simple Radio.

 

Wreaths Radio Roundtables: Wreaths Radio is a voice for America’s veterans and those who support them. Join us Thursday evening, March 25, 2021 at 7 PM EST for the Wreaths Radio Roundtable discussion on veterans health focusing on resiliency, purpose and success.

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The discussions will be introduced and wrapped up by Wreaths Radio’s Morning Show Host Michael W. Hale. The guest panelists will be interviewed by U.S. Army Capt. (ret.) Joe Reagan and Wreaths Across America’s Executive Director, Karen Worcester. Guest panelists for the March 25th broadcast include Maj. Gen. Peter Aylward with the Vietnam War Commemoration and U.S. Marine (ret.) Edward McEvoy, the National Outreach Program Specialist for the VA.

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