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Wreaths Across America Kicks Off Annual Giving in July. Mission Matters – June 2019

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Giving in July for Wreaths Across America is an idea that reminds us to remember and honor our country’s veterans each and every day of the year, not just in December. Like Christmas in July, thinking about the holidays during the summer months provides us with the perfect opportunity to encourage others to get involved early and support not only our mission, but other groups in their communities playing a part to Remember, Honor and Teach.

Our veterans and our current military serve and protect us 365 days a year, providing us with freedoms that we enjoy as citizens every day in this country. More details about this year’s Giving in July effort can be read below. Thank you for your support of the mission year-round.

Remember – Honor – Teach

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester


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Doing Good Twice: Midwest Honor Flight, Sioux Center, IA 
Wreaths Across America is proud to partner with nonprofits and veteran service organizations across the United States in supporting our nation’s heroes and thanking them for their service. Through our fundraising group efforts, Wreaths Across stimulates other charitable funds by returning $5 of every $15 wreath sponsorship raised. In doing so, we “do good twice,” recognizing the commitment made by veteran service organizations and other nonprofits to support Wreaths Across America by directly giving back to their missions in turn.

The Midwest Honor Flight is one of these groups. Read on to hear about the important work they do to honor our nation’s heroes, both living and at rest.

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In The News
Morrill Worcester – who the second person to receive this honor – was recognized for his continued support of veterans and families of the fallen through the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.
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Did You Know?

A portion of every race registration will sponsor a wreath. Can’t join us in Maine? Become a virtual participant and your registration will sponsor two wreaths! You can even designate your sponsored wreath(s) for a specific location or fundraising group. 

Everyone Plays A Part
The 10 balsam bouquets comprising each veteran’s wreath are symbolic of so much to us at Wreaths Across America. Represented here by hands, they demonstrate the many ways individuals and communities come together to Remember, Honor and Teach.

Each month, we’ll share stories from across the country of the different ways to #PlayAPart2019.

Donnie Edwards Brings WWII Vets Back to Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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‘My Way Of Giving Back’: Man On Cross-Country Mission Mows Veterans’ Lawns For Free

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Thrift store owners answer call of duty to serve homeless Veterans

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Staff Sergeant becomes first living Iraq vet to receive Medal of Honor

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Jacksonville Beach mailman spends days off cleaning veterans’ headstones

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Hundreds deliver final salute to unclaimed veteran

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Blind veterans get a flag they can see with their hands

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Veteran Tommy Rieman, who used his body to shield fellow soldier in Iraq, receives free home in Wake County

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Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Mission Matters – May 2019

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As we close out a month dedicated to remembering those who served and sacrificed, I am filled with a sense of hope that more Americans will grow to understand the necessity in teaching future generations what has been sacrificed so that we can all live free.

With the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings next week, there will be many commemorating this incredible event that changed the course of history. We’ve created a short video about what we learned last December when in Normandy we placed 9,389 veterans’ wreaths and said the name of each brave and selfless soldier buried there out loud. I encourage you to watch and share it to help teach others of the importance of what happened on those beaches and why it is so important to never forget.

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Remember – Honor – Teach

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester


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Join us for the First Annual Stem to Stone 5K/10K
Wreaths Across America is already gearing up for summer and our first annual Stem to Stone Run, part of our Veterans Remembrance Program to be held July 13, 2019.

In partnership with CompetitorME, this unique event will be run, walked, or rucked entirely on the tip land where the balsam is harvested to make Veterans’ wreaths for placement in December. You can sign up now for the race length of your choice. A portion of every race registration will sponsor a wreath.

Can’t join us in Maine? Become a virtual participant and your registration will sponsor two wreaths. You can even designate your wreath or wreaths for a specific location or fundraising group. Wreaths counts will be processed in the weeks following the race.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today, start a team, cheer on runners from your state, and support a Location or Group!

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What’s your why? 
Dan Mead serves on the Wreaths Across America Board of Directors and volunteers for the organization as the Director of Operations for Arlington National Cemetery. “I joined the military back in 1991 the day the first missiles flew in Iraq during Desert Storm,” Dan shares of his military service. “I was a U.S. Army Ranger, a paratrooper infantryman.”

Dan is going back again and is already en-route to Northern Ireland with a group of fellow Rangers. Then they’ll be on to France to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the the D-Day Landings. 

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Sponsor Spotlight
Wreaths Across America could not remember, honor, and teach about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military without support from corporate donors. Many of those companies similarly believe that supporting veterans is a daily mindset, not just a one-day special event. Unum Group out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is one such company. Read more.
Did You Know?
The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit is back on the road for the 2019 season!

You can request the the exhibit come to your event here. 

Everyone Plays A Part
The 10 balsam bouquets comprising each veteran’s  wreath are symbolic of so much to us at Wreaths Across America. Represented here by hands, they demonstrate the many ways individuals and communities come together to Remember, Honor and Teach.

Each month, we’ll share stories from across the country of the different ways to #PlayAPart2019.

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

Recognize And Reflect During Military Appreciation Month. Mission Matters – April 2019

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With Military Appreciation Month fast approaching, we take time to reflect upon the sacrifices
made by our military, veterans, and their families. Culminating on Memorial Day, National Military Appreciation Month stands as an opportunity to remember, honor, and teach in very tangible ways.
While many Americans will take advantage of the warming weather and beautiful blooming
trees to celebrate an unofficial start to summer, at Wreaths Across America, we share in the
unity this month grants to continue to recognize our nation’s military and veterans. We’d like to
offer ideas of how you can support the military, veterans, and their families in your own
communities.

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Remember – Honor – Teach

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester

April Photo Contest Winners
This April we once again recognized the sacrifices and service of military families by hosting a Month of The Military Child Photo Contest. Congratulations to our winners:
300 sponsored wreaths: Bridgeport Cemetery in Bridgeport, WV
200 sponsored wreaths: Bridgeport Cemetery in Bridgeport, WV 
100 sponsored wreaths: Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS 

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Young Wreaths Volunteer Dedicates Book to Morrill Worcester

Third grader August Landuyt shares his part in the mission.
Trucking Tribute – TransLand, Inc.- Missouri

Learn about professional driver Henry Grider, a Vietnam Veteran and his experience with Wreaths Across America
Did you know? Monthly Giving Is Now Available
Everyone Plays A Part
The 10 balsam bouquets comprising each veteran’s  wreath are symbolic of so much to us at Wreaths Across America. Represented here by hands, they demonstrate the many ways individuals and communities come together to Remember, Honor and Teach.
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​​​​​​​Each month, we’ll share stories from across the country of the different ways to #PlayAPart2019.
This memorial was 100 years in the making. Learn more.
Gold Star Mom shares her inspirational story in Baton Rouge. Read more.
Fort Benning, birthplace of America’s Airborne, hosted an annual gathering of former paratroopers with a wreath laying.Read more. 
A group of students paid tribute at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Watch video.
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Wreaths Across America Mission Matters – March 2019

The monthly newsletter from the Wreaths Across America that we received a few days ago.


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As the snow slowly starts to melt here in Maine, we are reminded that warmer days are near and gratefully welcome Spring and this season of new growth.

Over the last month, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with core volunteers from around the country to hear first hand how the mission of Wreaths Across America resonates with them and in their communities all year round. The WAA team learned more from each of these dedicated volunteers than we could ever teach them. The takeaway was a renewed sense of passion and excitement to reach more people and share the stories of our nation’s heroes.

During this season, I encourage you to take stock of how you can contribute in your own communities. No part is too small when done with purpose.

To all our dedicated, thoughtful, passionate volunteers around the world…thank you!

Remember – Honor – Teach

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester

Medal of Honor Recipient 50th Anniversary Ceremony
March 19, 2019 marked the 50th Anniversary of the date Thomas J. McMahon was killed in action in Vietnam. Wreaths Across America recognized his service, and that of his fellow Vietnam veterans.
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Now you can follow along with Gold Star Mother, Cathy Powers, on her journey to run 1,000 miles across 50 states in honor of her son, Bryce.

Stay up-to-date on her mission by following her page on Facebook: Cathy Powers – Running Fir Wreaths.

Most recently, she visited New Salem Elementary School in North Carolina.

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Stem to Stone 5k/10k and Virtual Run
Can’t make it to Maine for our Stem to Stone run? Participate from your own course wherever you are! Your race registration cost will sponsor veterans’ wreaths for the Location or Fundraising Group you designate on National Wreaths Across America Day 2019.
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What does it mean to sponsor a veteran’s wreath? It means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans.

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Trucking Tribute – Poland Spring
Our trucking partners are selfless, compassionate, and deeply patriotic. Trucking Tributes calls attention to their service and dedication to the mission to remember, honor and teach. Scott Edwards is a spring-haul team member for Poland Spring. He participated in the Annual Wreath Escort to Arlington National Cemetery in 2014 as a member of the Honor Fleet, and he shared the experience with his then 11-year-old son Colin. Read about his journey.
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That through the FREE Remembrance Tree Program, you can have a custom dog tag made for a loved one who served and have it placed on a live balsam tree in Maine where the balsam tips are harvested to make veterans’ wreaths each year? It’s a great way to honor your hero.
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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA RADIO

There are many ways to listen to “Wreaths Across America Radio” including on your Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or any device that has Alexa enabled. Just say, “Alexa, play “Wreaths Across America Radio” and she will begin playing our live stream.
Everyone Plays A Part
The 10 balsam bouquets comprising each veterans’ wreath are symbolic of so much to us at Wreaths Across America. Represented here by hands, they demonstrate the many ways individuals and communities come together to Remember, Honor and Teach.
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​​​​​​​Each month, we’ll share stories from across the country of the different ways to #PlayAPart2019.
An Air Force veteran turned civilian professional photographer has almost taken portraits of over 7,000 veterans in 27 states during 135 events. Read more. 
Preston Sharp, 13, has been traveling the country to honor veterans’ gravesites. Read about his most recent stop at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
A Columbus elementary teacher taught students how to properly dispose of the American flag. Read more.
Flags for Vets gives new flagpoles and flags to Veterans free of charge. Read about their recent trip to Camp Hill, PA. ​​​​​​​
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Wreaths Across America Mission Matters – February 2019

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It was a year ago this month that we (re)launched our monthly newsletter with a focus on the guiding principle used for everything we do here at Wreaths Across America — mission matters.

Our mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve, and their families, and Teach our
children about the cost of freedom, not only touches our volunteers, it makes up the true fabric of our country.

​​​​​​​Over the last year, we’ve shared countless stories of individuals and groups working everyday to play a part in support of the mission. Our goal for this year is to shine a light on the local communities across the country and people within them making a difference. If you know of someone whose story should be told, please share it with us via the link below!

Remember – Honor – Teach

With thanks,

Karen Worcester

Running FIR Wreaths
No parent should bury a child. It is a sacrifice too great for any mother, father, or nation to make. On April 26, 2013, Cathy Powers’ son, Senior Airman Bryce Kenneth Powers joined thousands of other young men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Bryce now rests in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Gold Star Mothers, like Cathy, know all too well that grief can consume or it can elevate. Out of her grief, Cathy discovered a passion for running. When she runs, she remembers her son and all the things we should be thankful for. Running has transformed her mind and body, and her spirit will take her far this year – to all 50 states, across 1,000 miles to honor our nation’s fallen veterans.

Cathy has partnered with Wreaths Across America to Remember, Honor, and Teach. Her goal is to run throughout the United States to raise awareness of the Wreaths Across America mission and, in doing so, earn the support needed to sponsor 7,777 veterans’ wreaths, one for each day Bryce was alive on this earth, to be laid at Arlington this December.

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Stem to Stone 5k/10k and Virtual Run
Run, walk, or ruck (or any of the above virtually) in our first annual Stem to Stone 5K/10K and Kids Fun Run July 13, 2019, presented in conjunction with CompetitorME as part of the Service & Sacrifice Series.

Everyone plays a part in our mission – Remember, Honor, Teach. Join us for this unique running event on the picturesque land in Downeast Maine where the balsam is harvested to make Wreaths Across America Veterans’ Wreaths. All proceeds from the event will help sponsor wreaths to be placed on a veteran headstone this December throughout the U.S. and abroad.

To learn more about this exciting event and to register for the Stem to Stone 5K/10K in Columbia Falls (or virtually!), visit

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Everyone Plays a Part
See how volunteers around the country have been playing their part.
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Sponsor Spotlight
Contract Leasing Corp. (CLC) is partnering with Wreaths Across America to offer a chance for carriers to lease a new, fully wrapped air ride aluminum roof Honor Trailer honoring our nation’s veterans. This is your chance to contribute to a very worthy cause while enjoying the benefits of operating this exclusive trailer for twelve months from April 17, 2019 and continuing through April 16, 2020. But that’s not the best part by a long shot! The winning bidder will receive a highly coveted spot of only 11 tractor trailers to travel in the 2019 Wreaths Across America week-long escort to Arlington National Cemetery!
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That Wreaths Across America does NOT decorate graves. We place LIVE, balsam fir wreaths as a symbol of honor and respect and ask our volunteers to say the name of each veteran out loud to keep their memory alive. Each veteran’s wreath is made up of ten bouquets, each with a specific meaning.
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To learn more, download the ‘What is a Veterans Wreath?’ poster below.
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What is a veterans wreath?
In addition to being a symbol of HONOR, RESPECT and VICTORY, each of the 10 balsam bouquets that make up each veterans’ wreath represent 10 special qualities that our veterans embody.

This month, our first bouquet, presented as a helping hand, represents veterans’ BELIEF in a greater good. Here are some ways that individuals and communities have played a part in February in support of this belief. Remember: Everyone Plays A Part!


A WWII veteran was surprised with a tank ride through the streets of Boston. The American Heritage Museum in Hudson, Massachusetts and community members came together to play a part in his special moment. Read more.
A man in the U.K. cared for the memorial of 10 fallen American Airmen for 75 years. Thank you, Tony Foulds! Read more.
Vietnam veterans came together to play a part in the mission and remember fellow American veterans at Mountain Rest Cemetery in North Carolina. Read more.
Sponsor A Wreath
What does it mean to sponsor a veteran’s wreath? It means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans.

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Wreaths Across America Mission Matters – January 2019

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In 2018, Wreaths Across America grew to include 1,640 participating locations across the country, and expanded the mission to Normandy to say the names of the 9,387 Americans killed there during the D-Day invasions. But, to me the most important number was the growth in volunteers attending National Wreaths Across America Day events. The feedback we’ve received from our locations is that more people than ever are volunteering to join the mission. There is truly no part too small when it comes to Remembering the fallen, Honoring those that serve and Teaching the next generation about the value of freedom. This is why we love this year’s theme so much, because, EVERYONE PLAYS A PART!

I have said this before, the greatest gift I have been given in being part of this mission is having met so many of you, the people who ARE Wreaths Across America, so many that I now call family. I am truly in awe of the work our volunteers do all year round to raise awareness and plan for the next season.

We have so many great things planned for 2019, and I hope you will continue to play a part with Wreaths Across America and help us reach more people to join the mission this year.

Remember – Honor – Teach

With thanks,

Karen Worcester

Everyone Plays A Part
Tell us how you play a part and your image/story may be used on our social media channels in 2019!
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Feedback Needed
We want to ensure that we are bringing the Wreaths Across America mission to you in the best ways possible and including the information you want to hear in our communications. Please consider taking our survey to help us improve! On February 1, we will randomly select three survey participants to receive 100 sponsored wreaths to be sent to the participating location of their choosing next December.
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The Story of the Four Chaplains

As we remember, honor and teach, Wreaths Across America recognizes and honors the Four Chaplains during February. This video tells the story of the steadfast faith and courage these four men exhibited so that others could live.

Sponsor A Wreath
What does it mean to sponsor a veteran’s wreath? It means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans.

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Today at noon EST Mission BBQ will be presenting Wreaths Across America with a donation resulting from their 2018 Heroes Cup Campaign. We are so grateful for the continued support and awareness this partnership provides across the country.

Tune in on Facebook Live to see what the grand total is and join in on the celebration!

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That anyone can sign up to be a Volunteer Location Coordinator for a cemetery in their community or start a fundraising group for a participating cemetery. It’s easy to get started and we have a team of people and resources to help you be successful.

Click the buttons below to find out more!

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Wreaths Across America Mission Matters – December 2018

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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 and commitment to the Mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.

With each of the nearly 1.8 million sponsored veterans’ wreaths placed last weekend, 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 very Happy Holiday,

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

2018 National Wreaths Across America Day Sees the Placement of 1,800,000 Veterans’ Wreaths at 1,640 Participating Cemeteries Across the Country
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“Wreaths Across America brings diverse people and communities together across the country to celebrate all that is good and just,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “It is our obligation as Americans to teach our children – and each other – about the value of our freedom and the character of the men and women who serve to protect it.”
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Wreaths Across America Advances its Mission to Normandy ​​​​​​​

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Wreaths Across America placed 9,387 Maine-made, balsam veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of all U.S. service members laid to rest at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, located in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

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It’s Not What We Do, But WHY We Do It

Submitted by Gold Star Mother Toni Gross

For the Gross family, this year’s visit to place a veteran’s wreath on the headstone of their son and brother, US Army CPL Frank R. Gross, was also part of a mission of healing and strength for another wounded warrior. Together they braved the weather and crowds to place a wreath and say Frank’s name, together.

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National Wreaths Across America Day is an event, but Wreaths Across America is a year-round mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve and their families, and Teach the next generation about the value of freedom.

It is never too early to get involved. From from our Remembrance Tree Program and the Remember Wall, to Fundraising Groupsand volunteering to place wreaths, there are a number of ways to get involved locally.

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