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Will you be joining us for #GivingInJuly?

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


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We’re off to a great start!

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

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

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

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

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#GivingInJuly Partners

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

Other Ways To Participate

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

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

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Will you join us for #GivingInJuly?

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It is during the holidays that our deployed servicemen and women miss home the most and there are empty seats at family gatherings. And generally, it is during the holidays, when conflict and strife are replaced by charity and goodwill toward one another. But we want our country’s veterans to be thought of and honored each and every day of the year, not just in December. 
It is with this in mind, that as many promote Christmas in July programs we choose to celebrate“Giving in July.” Throughout the month, Wreaths Across America will be partnering nationally with five other like-minded nonprofits that each give back to the veteran and military communities through their own programs and initiatives. This is in addition to the thousands of Fundraising Groups across the country already working hard to support local participating cemeteries. By sponsoring a wreath(s) through the designated pages for each group you will not only sponsor a veterans’ wreath to be placed in honor of an American hero next December, but $5 of each $15 contribution will go directly to the featured group to help support their mission!

Over the last ten years, Wreaths Across America has given back more than $8M to other nonprofits through the same fundraising program*, while sharing the mission to Remember, Honor, 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. Please join us in sharing their stories.

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester

*If you are part of or know a nonprofit who would benefit from this type of fundraiser, you can register here

#GivingInJuly Partners

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

MONTHLY FEATURES

Drivers Needed
Wreaths Across America is looking for professional drivers to sign up to haul veterans’ wreaths this December. Visittrucking.wreathsacrossamerica.org to sign up today!

Did You Know?
Last week, Country Music Singer Craig Morgan received the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Award in recognition of his dedication to entertaining troops and their families around the world. Wreaths Across America’s Founder Morrill Worcester was also a recipient of this same award in 2015 for his contribution to remembering and honoring our fallen and their families. Read more here.
NEW RELEASE!
The newly designed and just released I OWE YOU cards not only help you say thank you to our service members and veterans, they outline the PLEDGE that you are making as a citizen to do more for our military families and veterans. 
Available in packs of 100; you only pay for the $5.00 shipping and handling fee.
ORDER NOW
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Phone: 1 (877) 385 9504 
Email: helpdesk@wreathsacrossamerica.org

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

May 2018 Mission Matters Newsletter

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


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While we feel that every month should be Military Appreciation Month, the entire month of May is dedicated to honoring and remembering our nation’s military, culminating with Memorial Day. Military Appreciation Month is the perfect time to thank a veteran, remember the sacrifices they made, and teach the next generation about the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Decoration Day, as Memorial Day was originally known, was conceived in May 1868 and was first observed at Arlington National Cemetery to bring together the families of the fallen to help heal the wounds of a war that had threatened to tear our young nation apart. The tradition endures nearly 150 years later at national cemeteries across the country.

This Monday, as a nation, we will observe Memorial Day. It is not just for barbecues, shopping, or having the day off from work. It is a day when all Americans should remember and reflect upon those who have fought and died for our country and who now lay in peace.

With thanks,
Karen Worcester
Wreaths Across America
Executive Director

In Memory Of
This Memorial Day, honor the memory of your hero by sponsoring a wreath in their memory.
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Be Their Witness
Wreaths Across America wants to hear the names and stories of those that you honor today, and every day. Be their witness by sharing their stories here. On Memorial Day we will randomly select four participants to receive 100 sponsored wreaths to honor the heroes at the cemetery of their choosing this December.
Share Their Stories

Monthly Features

FACES OF THE MISSION: Marcy Bearsdley

These individuals help to make our mission a reality every day. This month, we spoke with Marcy Bearsdley.  Marcy is the Wreaths Across America Locations and Fundraising Group Supervisor, but some know her as Employee #1.

Meet Marcy

GUEST COMMENTARY: Vet Centers

Vet Centers are community-based centers, within the Veterans Health Administration’s Readjustment Counseling Service, which was founded in 1979 as a safe place for Vietnam Veterans to process life after service in combat. These locations were staffed by fellow combat Veterans and was the beginning of the peer to peer model in VA.
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It’s not what we do,but WHY we do it.

The month of May contains at least four significant celebrations each year. They are VE Day; Mother’s Day; Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day. This Armed Forces Day, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Wayne Hanson was honored to take part in the 2018 Vietnam Commemoration, USS Constitution Underway Demonstration, in Boston Harbor, on May 18th.
Read the full story on the blog here.  
How Do We Appreciate Our Military? 

Recognizing Vietnam Veteransat Fenway Park
On June 2, Wreaths Across America will be hosting the dedication ceremony for the Medal of Honor Remembrance Park in Maine.  The event is part of Wreaths Across America’s Stem to Stone Remembrance Tree program and will honor the 3,517 Medal of Honor Recipients by dedicating an 8-acre park to them on the tip land where balsam is harvested for veterans’ wreaths each December.

The dedication ceremony will begin at 11:30 am ET and be shared live on our Facebook page, we hope you will join us!

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Trucking Tribute: BNSF Railway
That’s right! This edition of “Trucking Tributes” should be called transportation tributes because this story is about moving America’s respect on our country’s rail lines to ensure no fallen hero is ever forgotten.
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Four Ways To Support Our Cause

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

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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. 

“Welcome Home”

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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Wreaths Across America Radio offers patriotic music of all genres and informational content about members of the U.S. armed forces, their families, military veterans, and volunteers throughout the country and overseas who support the mission to remember, honor and teach.

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Four Ways To Support Our Cause

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

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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

Enter here.

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Monthly Features

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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Monthly Features

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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Winners Chosen For The WAA Toy Truck Giveaway

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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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