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

An item from the national organization Wreaths Across America.


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Dear friend of Wreaths Across America,

 

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

 

Memorial Day – originally called Decoration Day — was not established to be “the unofficial start of summer” as so many believe, but is a day for remembering all men and women who have died in military service for this country.

 

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

 

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

 

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester

REMEMBER. HONOR. TEACH.

Give the Gift of Remembrance.

With every $15 veteran’s wreath sponsorship, you have the opportunity to dedicate it “In Memory Of” a loved one who served. In addition to placing the wreaths each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, Wreaths Across America hosts a virtual “Remember Wall” for each participating location. You can post photos, memories and personal messages on these pages as a year-round display of remembrance.

 

To further honor our veterans this year, we’ll be sharing a selection of the “Remember Wall” messages on the Wreaths Across America Official social media pages over the coming days/weeks. If you’d like to participate, start your sponsorship here or search for the Wreaths Across America location you wish to support.

 

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

Say Their Names.

When a volunteer places a wreath on a veteran’s grave on National Wreaths Across America Day, we encourage them to speak that veteran’s name aloud, thank them for their service and sacrifice, and reflect on that person and their life. This solemn and moving moment is one of the most important aspects of National Wreaths Across America Day. In fact, we encourage our volunteers at every participating location to perform this action for every veteran, even if they do not have a wreath dedicated to each veteran at their location.

 

This Memorial Day, consider taking a similar moment to honor the fallen veterans in your community by sharing their names or stories. This is a simple action that can easily be performed virtually if you are unable to hold in-person events in your community. Try creating a short video and sharing it on social media or encourage families in your community to contribute photos, names, and stories of the veterans in their lives.

Honor a Loved One Today.

Wreaths Across America established the Veteran’s Remembrance Tree Program as another way to remember and honor our veterans. In Columbia Falls, Maine, where the balsam tips are harvested each year to be made into the wreaths that are placed on veteran’s graves, families may participate in the Remembrance Tree Program by finding a tree that will become a living memorial to their loved one and placing a customized dog tag on the trunk of the evergreen tree. These trees are kept in production and their balsam tips are harvested every three years and made into veterans’ wreaths that are placed each December.

 

Participation in this program is FREE and open to all families who have had a loved one in the military.

You’re Invited!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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Dear friend of Wreaths Across America,

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester

REMEMBER. HONOR. TEACH.

Ways to Join Us On National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Monday, March 29, 2021

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is a Veteran’s Wreath?

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

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

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

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

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


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Dear friend of Wreaths Across America,

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

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

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

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

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

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

With gratitude,

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Karen Worcester

Remember ~ Honor ~ Teach

2021 Virtual Race Program

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

 

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

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

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

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

$15 Million*

In 2007, Wreaths Across America expanded its annual wreath placement event to enable groups and organizations to support Arlington National Cemetery and other local, participating cemeteries across the country. The Group Sponsorship Program was established to benefit other like-minded charities, community programs, and civic groups through the sale of wreath sponsorships.

 

We invite your group or organization to help us remember and honor our American heroes and teach the next generation, through raising sponsorships for wreaths to place on veteran graves this December 18th, 2021. As a Wreaths Across America Group Sponsorship partner, your organization can receive $5-of-each-$15 wreath sponsorship to support your important work, while supporting our mission as well.

 

*The total amount of fundraising dollars Wreaths Across America has given back to other groups and nonprofits through the Group Sponsorship Program since its start.

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Tune in to Wreaths Across America Radio!

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

 

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

 

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

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

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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

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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!

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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