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April 2018 Mission Matters Newsletter

Note this newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.



Over the last month, my husband, Morrill, and I have had the incredible honor and opportunity to spend time with and learn from many Medal of Honor Recipients — America’s finest and more decorated heroes — as well as some of the most humble and kind souls I have had the pleasure of knowing. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.

Below, guest contributor Norma Donlon, wife of Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon, Gold Star Wife and Wreaths Across America Ambassador, shares details from our time at the Circle of Honor Gala at the New York Stock Exchange and the National Medal of Honor Day events in Washington, D.C., in late March. It was here that Norma and Roger Donlon shared with Morrill and I that we would be receiving the Patriot Award from the Medal of Honor Society this month in Arkansas.  The Patriot Award honors individuals who have exhibited dedication to and passion for the American ideals of freedom and democracy through their lives, words and actions. We received the award at the Salute to the Medal of Honor Gala sponsored by Walmart in Bentonville, Ark., on April 20. To learn more about this significant honor, please click here.

As I said in my speech on Friday, Morill and I accept the Patriots Award on behalf of all of you, the dedicated volunteers and supporters of Wreaths Across America who have made this organization what it is today because of your passion and commitment to the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. And for that, we are most grateful.


With thanks,

Karen Worcester

Wreaths Across America

Executive Director

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Month of The Military Child Social Media Contest Winners
Thank you to all those who helped us honor military children by sharing photos and stories as part of our 3rd annual Month of the Military Child Photo Contest. With over 260 entries, the top three were determined by the number of votes they received for their entry. Congratulations to our winners and the locations they will be supporting!
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Understand The Why

Although many have heard the story of when and how Wreaths Across America was started, it is even more important to understand the why. Watch our short video to see for yourself. Watch here.


Monthly Features

FACES OF THE MISSION: Bre Kingsbury

These individuals help to make our mission a reality every day. This month, we spoke with Bre Kingsbury, corporate business development director. Bre works on introducing the Wreaths Across America to corporate sponsors who want to support veterans and Gold Star Families.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Norma Donlon

Norma Donlon shares a recent experience spreading the word about Wreaths Across America at the 16th Annual Circle of Honor Gala at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) sponsored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOHFD).
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It’s not what we do,but WHY we do it.

Wreaths Across America chose the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY, from March 22-24 to debut its newly designed Traveling Education Exhibit. This 48-foot display trailer hooked to its Chevy truck was loaded with many “hands on” technology and interactive information about the program to help visitors learn about the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Wayne Hanson was honored to be one of the Wreaths Across America team accompanying the exhibit, where one of the more memorable things he had the pleasure of doing was to say two words to some of those present…”Welcome Home!”
Read the full story on the blog here. 

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Presenting a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin.
In 2014, Wreaths Across America established the Veterans Remembrance Tree Program as another way to remember and honor our veterans. The program allows Gold Star families to visit the land in Maine, where the balsam tips are harvested each year to be made into the wreaths that are place on veterans’ graves. Gold Star families often report they find a sense of peace and tranquility from visiting the land where the balsams are grown. The Remembrance Tree Program gives them a living memorial to their loved one.
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Thank You Walmart
Thank you to our long-time partner and friends at Walmart who have not only sponsored wreaths and donated invaluable transportation support across the country, but have truly embraced the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.

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March 2018 Mission Matters Newsletter

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


WELCOME SPRING!
At Wreaths Across America headquarters, this past winter has been the busiest yet and we couldn’t be more pleased about all the opportunities on the horizon and look forward to sharing some exciting news with you as we move forward in 2018.

With the start of April comes the Month of the Military Child. This important month of recognition was established as a way to underscore the vital role children play in the military community. As a grandmother to three boys whose father is a Marine, I can personally attest to the resilience and strength of these children and importance of community in my daughter and son-in-law’s lives.

This month we spoke with Debbie Nichols, CEO and founder of Military Children Collaborative Group, a national nonprofit based in California, to better understand the impact military deployment has on children and ways to help them cope. We are also excited to kick off our annual Month of the Military Child photo contest which will run through April 13th—Purple Up Day. Winners will be announced in the April newsletter, and you can vote for your favorites on Facebook.

Thank you for reading and sharing the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach.

With thanks,

Karen Worcester
Executive Director
Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America’s Traveling Education Exhibit Hits the Road
The mission to remember, honor and teach is mobile, and we hope you let us know when you see it in your community!

Wreaths Across America’s traveling education exhibit made its debut to the public at the Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, last week and is on the road again to the next destination. Learn more.

Month of The Military Child Photo Contest

April is The Month of The Military Child, and teaching the next generation the true meaning of freedom is a key part of the Wreaths Across America mission. 

Help us honor the military child by sharing photos and stories of the military children in your life. Winners will be able to select a cemetary to receive FREE Veterans’ Wreaths at Wreaths Across America Day 2018

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FACES OF THE MISSION: Wayne Merritt, Veterans Liaison

These individuals help to make our mission a reality every day. This month, we spoke with Wayne Merritt, Veterans Liaison. Wayne Merritt, currently manages the Veterans Transportation Program based out of Wreaths Across America Headquarters in Maine.

Click here to read our interview with Wayne.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Debbie Nichols

Debbie Nichols is the Founder and CEO of Military Childrens Collaborative Group. In advance of the Month of The Military Child in April, we caught up with Debbie to learn more about when children serve, her experiences with becoming the guardian of her granddaughters when her daughter deployed, and some resources available for military children.
Click here to read her contribution.


It’s not what we do,but WHY we do it.

Becki Flowers, an illustrator, recently ran into Wayne Hanson, Chairman of the Board, Wreaths Across America. Seeing Wayne’s WAA baseball cap, Becki exclaimed “Wreaths Across America – I do that!” Becki told Wayne that her father (John Flowers, Jr., a World War II veteran inurned in the Columbarium at Arlington) was a Battle of the Bulge survivor and that she had met former WAA Board members, Edith Nowels and Sir Stanley Wojtusik while visiting the Battle of the Bulge monument at Arlington several years ago. When Edith found out that Becki’s father was a survivor, she presented Becki with one of Sir Stanley’s gold Battle of the Bulge coins.

Read the full story on the blog here. 


The Battle of the Bulge Monument as drawn by Becki Flowers
Wreaths Across America offers a downloadable curriculum and accompanying books that are designed to help schoolchildren appreciate the role our veterans played and continue to play in preserving their freedoms. These materials are designed to encourage the direct involvement of local veterans.
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February 2018 Mission Matters Newsletter

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


Welcome to the inaugural issue of Mission Matters!

These two words — mission matters — have been the guiding principle used in all that Wreaths Across America has done and plans to do in the future. Our mission — to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve, and their families, and Teach our children about the cost of freedom — resonates in the homes of every American across this great country.

Year after year we see new volunteers step forward from every walk of life to become part of and share this mission in communities in every state. We will share their stories of patriotism and community with you here each month as well as on a new radio program with the same name that I’m excited to be hosting on Wreaths Across America Radio starting in March.

2017 was our most successful year to date, with more than 1.5million veterans’ wreaths placed on headstones of our fallen veterans. Click on the link below to download the infographic to see additional details from 2017. We are expecting that number to continue to grow in 2018 and beyond because of the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and the generous support of many grateful Americans.

Thank you for reading and sharing the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach.

With thanks,

Karen Worcester
Executive Director
Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America Announces 2018 Theme

“BE THEIR WITNESS.”

The inspiration for this year’s theme stems from the 2009 drama “Taking Chance,” which was based on the experiences of Marine Colonel Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming from the Iraq WarLearn more.
Message From The Chairman
February 22nd was the birthday of our first President George Washington. Wayne Hanson, our Chairman of the Board of Directors, shares a message about this important veteran. Read his story here.
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FACES OF THE MISSION: Marnie Torres, Social Media Coordinator

Each month, we’ll be introducing one of the valued members of the Wreaths Across America team. These individuals help to make our mission a reality every day. To kick things off, we caught up with Marnie Torres, Social Media Coordinator. 

Click here to read our interview with Marnie.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why We Love Wreaths Across America

Roger & Norma Donlon, Co-Grand Marshalls of the 2017 Wreaths Across America Convoy share their love story from the December 2017, 10- day journey from Harrington, ME to Arlington National Cemetery.
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It’s not what we do,but WHY we do it.

Denny Hart, retired U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps Warrant Officer shares his background and his experience with meeting a special helper at Wreaths Across America Day 2015 on the blog. This year, Denny has stepped up as a Group Leader to help promote wreath sponsorships for the Camp Nelson National Cemetery. His son has volunteered his time and expertise to create and host a website to support the effort to remember and honor 15,000 veterans laid to rest there on national wreath day, Saturday, December 15, 2018.

Denny Hart with friend Ella at Wreaths Across America Day 2017

The Wreaths Across America fundraising program has helped other groups such as Civil Air Patrol, Scouts, 4-H Clubs, local VFWs and American Legions raise funds for their own community needs.

How it works: Wreaths Across America returns $5 of every $15 wreath sponsorship you raise to support your organization. Since 2007, Wreaths Across America has given back more than $8 million to local charities through this fundraising structure. To sign up as a fundraising group, click the button below.

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Wreaths Across America 2017: By The Numbers Infographic
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[eNewsletter #169] Special Announcement For February

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


New Year, New Opportunities

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

News From The WAA Blog

Younger Generations Answer the Call to Service With Wreaths Across America

Younger Generations Answer the Call to Service With Wreaths Across America

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

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

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

Join Wreaths Across America in Honoring the Four Chaplains

Join Wreaths Across America in Honoring the Four Chaplains

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

Unaccompanied veterans given military funeral honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Searching For Owner of WWII Military Photo Found in Alley

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

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

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

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

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

Each day we #SayTheirNames and #We Remember:

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

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


Volunteers Make The Patriotic Wheel Go Round

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

“I went up to that hill and looked at all of those graves of my colleagues who have gone before me.”
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Arlington National Cemetery Cleanup  Report

Arlington National Cemetery Cleanup  Report

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

Unaccompanied veterans given military funeral honors

Unidentified for Decades, Texas Soldier Receives Final Rites

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

Prescott National Cemetery Accepts Handmade Urns for Unclaimed Veteran Remains 

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

WWII Pilot Who Survived POW Camp Dies at 94

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

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

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

World War II Veteran Honored With Quilt of Valor Award

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

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

Each day we #SayTheirNames and #We Remember:

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

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


Showing Respect With The Retiring Of The Wreaths

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

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

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

Volunteering At Arlington This Weekend?

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

More ANC Cleanup Day Information

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

Unaccompanied veterans given military funeral honors

Unaccompanied Veterans Given Military Funeral Honors

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

Veteran Students, Horses Partner in Care at UCD

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

Why Bangor, Maine is the Most Patriotic Town in America

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

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

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

Nonprofit Seeks to Pair Military Veterans With Rescued Dogs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week We Remembered…

Each day we #SayTheirNames and #We Remember:

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

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All The Location Coordinators Who Work Hard All Year Long!

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

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

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


Ready To Help In 2018?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteering At Arlington?

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

Use This Map To Find Details About Locations Near You.

Search over 1,422 locations nationwide.
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Save This Date – This Year’s WAA Date Has Been Set

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News Stories For And About Our Veterans

Veteran Receives Purple Heart 63 Years After Serving in Korean War

Veteran Receives Purple Heart 63 Years After Serving in Korean War

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each day we #SayTheirNames and #We Remember:

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

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American Trucking Association (ATA) Share The Road Team Conveys The WAA Escort Story

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

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

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

If you share with a friend and they win – you win automatically too!
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