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USNSCC Arkansas Division – Wreaths Across America Fundraiser

From our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division.


Hello Everyone,
I can’t believe how fast this year has flown, as the holidays are already here again. As many of you know, one of our annual fundraisers is Wreaths Across America.
Wreaths Across America is a great way to Honor and Remember our fellow Veterans by laying remembrance wreaths on their graves.
Each wreath is $15.  Arkansas Division gets $5 per wreath that we sale with our Group ID code.
So please help us to decorate San Francisco National Cemetery with as many wreaths as possible by spreading the word, making each wreath sold a win, win.
Group ID code: CA0142P
    Our direct link is set up with our code, but just in case it isn’t there I included it also.
Thank you so much for supporting Arkansas Division and Wreaths Across America!
IS3 Garza

Mission Matters Special Announcement: Wreaths Across America Advances its Mission to Normandy!

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


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Wreaths Across America Advances its Mission to Normandy!

​​Today, Wreaths Across America is beyond thrilled to announce that it has been granted permission by the French authorities, on the basis of phytosanitary guarantees provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to place 9,387 Maine-made, balsam veterans’ wreaths on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, on the headstones of all U.S. service members laid to rest at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, located in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

The cemetery is one of 14 permanent American World War II military cemeteries on foreign soil. The government of France granted use of the land, in perpetuity. United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower and French President René Coty dedicated the cemetery on July 18, 1956.

This is the first time WAA – whose mission it to Remember the fallen, Honor those that served, and Teach the next generation the value of Freedom – has sent U.S.-made balsam wreaths to be placed on foreign soil. The December wreath-laying event is a joint collaboration between the Normandy American Cemetery and American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and will include ceremonial wreath placements on each of the five D-Day invasion beaches, at Pointe Du Hoc, and include a Canadian Wreath presentation.

“The mission of the American Battle Monuments Commission is to honor the service, achievements and sacrifices of our U.S armed forces in two World Wars. It closely parallels the mission of the Wreaths Across America organization — to Remember, Honor and Teach,” said Scott Desjardins, Superintendent, Normandy American Cemetery. “The Normandy American Cemetery is proud and pleased to be the first ABMC cemetery to have been chosen to attempt this important endeavor. As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, conducted to establish a foothold in Western Europe to free it from tyranny, the Wreaths Across America organization storms the beaches of Normandy to establish a foothold and commemorate the sacrifice made by the men and women who never returned home and are now memorialized in our sites.”

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SHARE YOUR STORY AND ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO JOIN US IN FRANCE
To commemorate this incredible event, WAA will be holding a contest on its Facebook page. Share with us the stories and pictures of loved ones who served in Normandy for your chance to win. On Nov. 15 at noon EST, one submission will be chosen at random and the winner will receive a trip a lifetime to Normandy to be there for the wreath laying. 
Valid passports required. Travel dates Nov. 28 – Dec. 3 for winner and one guest.
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Wreaths Across America HQ, 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, ME 04623

October 2018 Mission Matters Newsletter

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


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What makes us Americans? What does it mean to be Free? These questions seem to come up often in my discussions over the years.

As we pause as a nation this Veterans’ Day to say Thank You to our service members who have fought and still fight to uphold American values, I encourage you to look deeper into your own family history and share the stories of your own heritage. By sharing our history, we are able to TEACH the next generation. With the Wreaths Across America program, the memory of each veteran is kept alive through the saying of their names and by being a witness for those who have come before us.

Join us this November in sharing this history. Please submit a story or details about a veteran from your family, or submit your answer to the questions posed above here or by clicking the button below.

In order to help the next generation map their future, it is important to remind them of their heritage, which is the past.

Remember, Honor, Teach

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester
Executive Director

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Available November 12th!
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PATRIOT PAIRS – ORDER NOW AND GET DELIVERY BY VETERANS’ DAY!
Patriot Pairs provides the opportunity to send holiday greetings to loved ones, while keeping our veterans and their families in our hearts and minds during the season.
Also available for a limited time at 1-800-Flowers.com.
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It’s not what we do,but WHY we do it.
During the Wreaths Across America Virtual Convoy from Washington, D.C. in September, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Wayne Hanson, shared the story behind his unwavering motivation and commitment to serve the mission to remember, honor and teach.
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As an Army wife and granddaughter of a WWII veteran, Julie takes solace in knowing that she is a part of something bigger that will be around long after she is gone and that those she loved who served will not be forgotten. “WAA does not just honor the veterans we take it a step further and make sure that their stories are remembered as well!”
MEET JULIE
This year, there will be a WAA participating cemetery in every state and at more than 20 overseas locations. You can look up your local cemetery, city or state on the website to find the nearest participating location to you and get involved!
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Wreaths Across America Radio: New Morning Show & Radio Host!
Beginning in early November, airing weekdays from 6-9AM, tune in to hear our new WAA morning show hosted by Michael W. Hale. News for and about veterans!
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Sponsor Veterans’ Wreaths
We’re on a mission to remember, honor and teach. Join us by sponsoring a wreath to be placed in honor of a veteran this December. We’ll ensure that their sacrifice is remembered yet again and passed on to a new generation of Americans.
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Phone: 1 (877) 385 9504
Email: helpdesk@wreathsacrossamerica.org

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

September 2018 Mission Matters Newsletter

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


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In what seems like an overnight change, the air here in Maine has chilled and the leaves have all started to turn bright colors. The Fall festivities of apple picking and pumpkin carving have started and my grandchildren are already planning this year’s costumes for trick-or-treating.

With every new season, I am reminded of how quickly time seems to fly by. In the beginning, we used to plan for the wreath “season,” beginning in late Fall and lasting through Wreaths Across America Day. Today, we know that Wreaths Across America is more than a “season” or for that matter, more than a Saturday each December. It is a year-long mission that has grown to include nearly 2 million volunteers, a third of whom are children, and has brought communities across the country together with a shared idea.

As we head into what may often seem like the busiest time of year, I ask that you try to take time to give back and support those within your own communities.

Remember, Honor, Teach

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester
Wreaths Across America
Executive Director


LIVE EventTomorrow – Join the Virtual Convoy! 

Help us fill a truck while supporting Fundraising Groups and Locations across the country!

Join us online tomorrowWed., September 26th from 69pm ET via live video stream on multiple channels. Our video stream will be featured on our FB pageLive Stream and YouTube.

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Faces of the Mission: Amber Caron, Communications Director
Guest Commentary: Joe Reagan, Easter Seals 

It’s not what we do,but WHY we do it.

A Shout Out to the United States Marines
Most all of us know that the motto “Semper Fidelis,” also abbreviated to “Semper Fi,” is the motto for the United States Marine Corps. It is a Latin phrase and it means“Always Faithful.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, the Marine Corps could have added another meaning to their motto: ”Always Ready.”
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More than 3,500 groups will participate in the program this year by selling wreath sponsorships for veterans within their own communities. Without these dedicated volunteers setting up tables at craft fairs, organizing rides and walks, hosting BBQs and spaghetti dinners, we would not be able to raise the funds needed to place veterans’ wreaths for so many heroes. This year, the goal is to honor at least 1.8 million veterans and you can help the groups in your community to do it. 

To find a participating Fundraising Group in your hometown click below to search your region and for just $15 help to honor a local hero, while also helping give back to your community.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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

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

August 2018 Mission Matters Newsletter

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


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As another school year begins, I am reminded of how important the TEACH piece of our mission is for the future of this great country. All too often as parents, we rely too heavily on educators to teach our children about the meaning (and cost) of our freedoms as Americans. In truth, it is all of our responsibilities to show the younger generation through patriotism, love of country and community involvement and service.

At Wreaths Across America we are committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed so much to protect them. Our convoy to Arlington stops at many schools along the way. We offer learning tools and opportunities for schools, scouts and other youth groups to participate in our efforts. But most important, we share the names and stories of those who have served and sacrificed for all of us so that their memory lives on.

As Americans it is our duty to ensure the next generation stays connected to our past so that the future can be preserved, and defended.

Remember – Honor – Teach.

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester
Wreaths Across America
Executive Director

When Like-Minded Missions Work Together!
Last week Wreaths Across America’s Veteran Liaison, Wayne Merritt, (pictured here with MAJ Gen. Mark E. Smith) and Board Member Dan Leclair, CAP’s Northeast Region Commander, attended the 2018 National Conference in Anaheim. Learn more about Wreaths Across America’s long-standing partnership with Civil Air Patrol below.
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Join Wreaths Across America’s First Annual Virtual Convoy
No need to pack a bag for this convoy! The Virtual Convoy hits the road on September 26 live on social media! Tune in on FacebookInstagramTwitter or YouTube.
Participate from the comfort of home and make an impact. With every $15 wreath sponsorship received, a wreath will be placed for an American hero and $5 will be given back to the WAA Transportation Fund to help defer delivery cost across the country. 

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It’s not what we do,but WHY we do it.

Throughout our lifetimes we all take journeys to various destinations. Life is what you make of it, getting to that journey’s destination. Many journeys will require you to wait in a line at one time or another. Chairman of the Board of Directors, Wayne Hanson shares his story of an on-going 25 year-long journey with Wreaths Across America helping to spread its mission to Remember the Fallen, Honor those who Serve and Teach our children the Value of Freedom, and the individuals he has been honored to meet while waiting on line in Arlington.
Read more here.

A “line” of volunteers at Arlington
A majority of the transportation needed to deliver veterans’ wreaths across the country comes as in-kind donations made by hundreds of trucking companies, professional drivers, independent contractors, intermodal and logistics companies who dedicate their time, equipment and resources to help move the mission.

Thank you to all our passionate transportation partners! 

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Trucking Tribute: NAIT
National Association of Independent Truckers (NAIT) donates $50,000 to WAA to assist independent truckers wanting to haul veterans wreaths this December. 
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Four Ways To Support Our Cause

Sponsor Remembrance Wreaths, Honor and Remember, Pairs: Give a Wreath and Get a Wreath or Show Your Support

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

July 2018 Mission Matters Newsletter

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


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If you are like me, with August comes the winding down of summer, scurry of back-to-school shopping and planning for the upcoming holidays. It’s a time of refocus, and fresh starts as we prepare for the ramp up to “busy” season.

At Wreaths Across America, the “busy” season is truly year round. With so many dedicated volunteers and supporters working hard to raise awareness in their own communities to ensure their local heroes are honored and remembered each December.

This year, I have had the privilege to meet so many of these passionate individuals who are the heart of Wreaths Across America and who live the mission every day. A patriotic country begins with patriotic communities.

We thank you and encourage you to continue to spread awareness in your hometowns. You are making a difference.

Remember – Honor – Teach.

With thanks,
Karen Worcester
Wreaths Across America
Executive Director

New PSA
In June, Wreaths Across America was honored to be joined by Col. Roger Donlon, the first veteran to receive the Medal of Honor during Vietnam, and his wife of nearly 50 years Norma Donlon, who is also a Gold Star Wife. For the Donlons the mission of Wreaths Across America has impacted their lives more than they could have imagined, and they want others to experience and share in the mission. Together they have participated in the development of a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for Wreaths Across America.

You can view and share the video here.

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Last Day To Enter
Today is your last day to submit for a chance to win free veterans wreaths for a Wreaths Across America location of your choosing! We will randomly select winners tomorrow, Friday, July 27 and notify them by Monday July 30.
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It’s not what we do,but WHY we do it.

During the week of June 20-25, 2018, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Wayne Hanson was honored to attend the 81st National Convention of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., (AGSM) held in Long Beach, CA, to represent Wreaths Across America. While there, he had a moving tour with Gold Star Mom Ann Davis aboard the B-61, Battleship Iowa, berthed in Long Beach.
Read the full story on the blog here.
“They came to the Navy as strangers…”

A Tour of the Battleship Iowa
More than 1,200 Fundraising Groups representing nearly 500 charities currently sell wreath sponsorships across the country as a way to raise funds for their own programs?

For every $15 wreath sponsorship purchased from these groups, a wreath will be placed and $5 will go back to the Fundraising Group’s charity. To find groups raising funds in your community, search here.

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Four Ways To Support Our Cause

Sponsor Remembrance Wreaths, Honor and Remember, Pairs: Give a Wreath and Get a Wreath or Show Your Support

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Email: helpdesk@wreathsacrossamerica.org

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

Will you be joining us for #GivingInJuly?

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


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We’re off to a great start!

Thanks to the generous contributions of individuals like you, nearly 1,500 veterans wreaths have been sponsored through our Giving in July partners in just two weeks! That’s almost $7,500 going back to those nonprofits for their own programs.

Haven’t participated yet?
Here’s how you can help:

Sponsor a $15 veterans wreath to be placed on National Wreaths Across America Day – December 15, 2018. You will not only honor the service and sacrifice of an American hero, but $5 will go to our Giving in July Partners programs. Each nonprofit provides vital support to our military community and their families.

Learn more about our partners below and sponsor a wreath today!

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#GivingInJuly Partners

Travis Manion Foundation
TMF is uniting communities to strengthen America’s national character. In an increasingly divisive cultural climate, we unite and strengthen communities. Our nation needs role models that inspire and we should look no further than the civic assets already living in our communities. Veterans and families of the fallen are leading the charge, pushing us to be better versions of ourselves and improving our collective character. 
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The Maine Troop Greeters & Museum
The mission of the Maine Troop Greeters is to express the Nation’s (and our) gratitude and appreciation to the Troops, for those going overseas for a safe return and for those returning for a joyful homecoming and to make their (hopefully brief) stay in Bangor as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Additionally we will honor the trust placed in us by these troops by preserving and perpetuating the donations entrusted to our care, through display, education and sharing of these collections.
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Honor and Remember
The organization Honor and Remember pays tribute to all military lives lost, not only while serving on active duty but also as a result of serving. Military deaths in all wars or conflicts and all branches of service from our nation’s inception are recognized.
Sponsor a Wreath
America’s Mighty Warriors
Debbie Lee founded America’s Mighty Warriors, after her son Marc was the first Navy SEAL to be killed in Iraq on August 2, 2006. In Marc’s Last Letter Home, he asked for friends and family to “pass on the love and kindness and precious gift of human life.” Since then, America’s Mighty Warriors has been fighting to support our troops, the fallen and their families and to work with like-minded organizations to do the same.
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The Gary Sinise Foundation
The Gary Sinise Foundation was established under the philanthropic direction of a forty-year advocate for our nation’s defenders, actor Gary Sinise. Its outreach supports those who sacrifice to defend our country: active duty, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones.
Sponsor a Wreath
To find a Fundraising Group near you and contribute to their effort click here.

Other Ways To Participate

NEW RELEASE!
The newly designed and just released I OWE YOU cards not only help you say thank you to our service members and veterans, they outline the PLEDGE that you are making as a citizen to do more for our military families and veterans. 
Available in packs of 100; you only pay for the $5.00 shipping and handling fee.
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Giving In July Contest
Take a moment this July to shine a spotlight on your year-round giving. Share your story of giving back.

Three participants will be chosen at random to send 100 wreaths to a Wreaths Across America cemetery location of their choosing in December 2018. Enter by July 27th, 2018 for your chance to honor veterans in your local cemetery.

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