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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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Our 2021 Wreaths Across America Theme & Ways You Can Be a Part of The Mission

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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Dear Wreaths Across America Supporter,

 

We stand on the shoulders of heroes that have gone before us, and really, what we strive to do is live up to their legacy.”

These are the words General James C. McConville shared with journalist Chris Wallace in November, 2020. As the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, General McConville is in his own right a hero. Hearing his humble dedication to those who have served and sacrificed on our behalf truly touched me. Striving to “live up to their legacy” is simpatico with the Wreaths Across America mission, and the new theme for 2021.

Their Legacy is one of courage, character, sacrifice and love of country. These are the attributes that we hope to teach our children. In doing so, we ensure that the next generation fully understands the priceless gift of freedom and it’s cost.

Freedom however cannot be taken for granted and only through the stories of those who have protected it and the personal bond we can form between them and our children can we raise up a generation dedicated to the stewardship of our beloved America.

The future of this nation depends on our “living up to their legacy.” We must help the next generation move forward understanding the principles of patriotism. Patriotism that begins at home, spreads to community, and then to country. In our children we instill the legacy of the future.

With gratitude,

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Karen Worcester

Executive Director, WAA

#LiveTheirLegacy2021

YOU’RE INVITED!
Join us on VIRTUALLY on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 12pm EST, as we celebrate the lives and legacy of the Four Chaplains and all those lost on the USAT Dorchester 78 years ago.

WAA will be LIVE from the Baslam Valley Chapel and tip lands where balsam is harvested to make veterans’ wreaths for Wreaths Across America.

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How can you Join the Mission in 2021?

Start a Sponsorship Group

As a pay back group, your civic, nonprofit, school or other group can help raise wreath sponsorships for a participating cemetery, and a $5 for each $15 of the funds raised will be given back to you for you to support your program locally. Since 2007, WAA has given back $15 million to other like-minded organizations through this awesome program!

 

As a 3-for-2 group, a third wreath is placed for every two wreath sponsorships made. This is a great way to ensure as many veterans as possible are honored and remembered at the participating cemetery you support!

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Add a New Location

Coordinate a wreath-laying ceremony at a cemetery or veteran’s memorial in your community. Determine if this location is already participating by checking our website. We have resources to help you plan your ceremony and ensure community involvement and success!

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Volunteer 

Volunteer to place wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day – Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 – at any of our 2,550+ participating locations. Involve your friends and family to honor our servicemen, women and families.

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Sponsor a Wreath

Honor veterans in your local community by sponsoring a wreath that will be placed on the grave of an American hero in 2021. Every $15 received, places a wreath. It is never too early to support the mission!

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If you haven’t tuned in to Wreaths Across America Radio yet, here’s what you’re missing!

Wreaths Across America Radio is a 24/7 Internet stream. Its unique format of informational and inspiring content about members of the U.S. armed forces, their families, military veterans, and volunteers throughout the country and overseas who support the mission.

 

Along with the informational and inspiring content Wreaths Across America Radio plays a variety of music with the roots firmly planted in patriotism with a country music thread running through the core of the stream. Wreaths Across America Radio has a LIVE morning show every weekday morning from 6 am to 10 am EST, along with a variety of special programs that support the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach!

Make sure to follow Wreaths Across America on social media for the latest news on the mission:

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Mission Matters Newsletter: Thank You and Happy Holidays

A note from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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Hi there,

On behalf of the Wreaths Across America organization and its extended family of volunteers and supporters across the country, we want to thank YOU for your support of the Mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve and their families, and Teach the next generation the value of freedom.

This year in particular has presented many challenges for all involved with the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach. In many cases our local events had to be modified more than once to meet local guidelines for health and safety. The staff worked closely with local volunteers to provide the tools necessary to keep the public informed and safe throughout the year and this ongoing process. With a record number of participating locations this year (2,557) undoubtedly mistakes were made, and for that we apologize and commit to you that we will continue to work towards improvements to ensure all involved with the mission have a meaningful experience. We understand this mission is incredibly personal for each individual involved. The team at Wreaths Across America cares deeply for the mission and all those connected to it.

With each of the 1.7 million sponsored veterans’ wreaths placed on Dec. 19 – and in some cases over several days in an effort to modify events to keep the public safe – an American hero’s name was spoken out loud so they would not be forgotten. There was also an opportunity to teach, not just the children, but the communities as a whole, about their local history and heritage.

As we head into this holiday season, may we all take the time to remember and thank those who served and sacrificed protecting our freedoms, as well as those currently serving, so that we can celebrate as we wish in the land of the free, because of the brave.

Wishing you all a safe, and joyous holiday season!

Wayne Hanson, Chairman of the Board & Karen Worcester, Executive Director
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National Wreaths Across America Day 2020

To view or submit photos from this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day, please follow the link below!

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Sponsorship Group Match!

It’s never too early or too late to give the gift of remembrance. Sponsor a $15 veteran’s wreath today as a gift for the holidays and ensure an American hero is honored next December. Now through January 15, 2021, that wreath will be matched by Wreaths Across America Headquarters if sponsored through a participating Sponsorship Group.

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Wreaths Radio

Don’t forget to listen to Wreaths Across America Radio to hear about volunteers and patriots across the country. Have a story you want to share? Please contact the team at (833) 369-1351 to leave a message to share or schedule an interview today! We’ll continue to air holiday greetings to & from our troops through Dec. 31st.

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“Be An American Worth Fighting For”

Here is a small sampling of some amazing stories captured over the last couple of weeks. Thank you to all who stepped up, and worked through the challenges to make this year a success.

Wreaths Across America soldiers through pandemic

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‘Our knock on the door came on Christmas morning’

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Pandemic patriotism: Wreaths Across Greensboro adjusts to honor fallen heroes

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Veteran Council announces Veteran of the Year for 2020

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Wreaths Across America, PO Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME 04623, United States, 877-385-9504

Wreaths Across America 2020 – Mare Island Naval Cemetery

Earlier today, President Fred Rutledge and Vice President Michael Barbour represented US Branch #25 of the Royal Canadian Legion at the annual Wreaths Across America event.  This year the branch chose to participate in the ceremony hosted at the Mare Island Naval Cemetery, as it was the first time the cemetery has been included in the Wreath Across America event.

Below are some pictures and videos from yesterday’s event – primarily taken from Thomas Gase and Bill George.  Finally, the event was covered by the Vallejo Times in an article entitled “Vallejo salutes fallen heroes at Mare Island Cemetery with wreaths“.

       

Updated Convoy Schedule Link! Mission Matters Newsletter

An update from the Wreaths Across America organization.  Please note that US Branch #25 of the Royal Canadian Legion will be participating in the ceremony at the Mare Island Naval Cemetery in Vallejo.  For more information, please visit:

https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/163858/Overview/?relatedId=0


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Hi there,

The excitement here in Maine and across the country is palpable! It’s almost National Wreaths Across America Day! The professional drivers are rolling in with their beautifully wrapped trucks and patriotism to pick up their truckloads of respect, and thousands of sponsored veterans’ wreaths are headed to their final resting place at one of our 2,525 participating locations.

These last few days, all our amazing volunteers across the country are ‘grabbing another gear’ to get the job done! We hope you will join us however you are able to this year, whether you’ve sponsored a wreath, helped plan an event, registered to volunteer to place wreaths, or helped share our stories in some way, YOU all play a part in fulfilling the mission!

Please follow us on our virtual escort this week and if you are able to help us reach our goal at Arlington, know that every $15 will place a live balsam veteran’s wreath!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart – your support of this mission is what makes this all possible.

Remember, Honor, Teach!

Karen Worcester

Volunteer Executive Director

Wreaths Across America

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MATCHING CHALLENGE FOR ARLINGTON

Wreaths Across America is proud to announce that Jersey Mike’s Subs has once again stepped up help WAA reach its goal of placing a live balsam veteran’s wreath on every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery. Wreath sponsorships placed through Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/JerseyMikes or through our Facebook fundraiser here will be matched by the company, up to $300,000!

 

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Follow the 2020 Virtual Convoy!

Our 2020 Convoy kicks off on Tuesday December 15th and we want you along for the ride! In anticipation of the necessary changes being made throughout the country for health and safety, including at Arlington National Cemetery, Wreaths Across America has made some necessary modifications to its annual escort of wreaths to Arlington, however the public IS INVITED to join along the roadside with signs, flags and cheers to welcome the escort as it arrives to new communities. Wreaths Across America Radio will also be streaming LIVE content on local FM radio dials for drive-in style broadcast in each new town we roll into! Find the full schedule here.

You’ll also be able to join us virtually on social media! In partnership with PenFed Credit Union’s digital media content team, PenFed Digital, this year’s escort will also be shared virtually for the nation to join along from the safety of their own homes. PenFed Digital and WAA are overcoming pandemic-related challenges to ensure fallen heroes are honored safely. During the escort and leading up to its departure, viewers can follow along, learning about the mission and hearing stories from the people it impacts on Wreaths Across America’s Facebook and PenFed’s TwitterFacebook,  InstagramYouTube, and LinkedIn pages. From the professional truck drivers hauling this precious cargo to the hard-working, dedicated volunteers receiving them on the other side of the country, we are going to share their journeys too!

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Tune In To Win!

Wreaths Across America Radio will be sharing live updates from the road and giving away prizes all week! Simply share a picture of the escort or a picture from a headstone in your cemetery or of a veteran you honor on the Wreaths Radio Facebook page. You could win one of our fabulous “swag bags” and qualify for our grand-prize drawing Friday night during our live FB feed from D.C.

Download our radio app now, or listen online and stay connected for more details! www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio

Featured Merchandise

Limited Edition 2020 Theme Long Sleeve T-Shirts! Supporting our heroes is one thing that should never go out of style, just like these classic t-shirts featuring the Wreaths Across America 2020 THEMED logo and sleeve print. Add one to your collection and show your support for our mission to “Remember, Honor, Teach.”

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Wreaths Across America, PO Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME 04623, United States, 877-385-9504