Wreaths Across America
Rating: 4.89 stars 88 reviews 1,507
Issues: Arts & Culture
Location: 4 Point Street PO Box 249 Columbia Falls ME 04623 USA
Target demographics: remember, honor, and teach about the service and sacrifice of our veterans
Direct beneficiaries per year: placement of over 543,000 wreaths in 2013
Geographic areas served: all 50 states
Programs: the annual wreath-laying program at over 1000+ participating locations nationwide.
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I have been involved with WAA for over 21 years, starting with being just one of the few volunteers in the early years of the wreath project at Arlington National Cemetery. Over those 20 plus years I have seen this organization grow to its present position of one, if not the best, organization showing our veterans and their families that we will never forget what they have provided to us all through their service and sacrifices. I am honored to be a board member of this organization helping to guide it to even bigger and better ways to Remember, Honor and Teach so that our children will know what Freedom really is and what it has cost us. We can never forget our veterans!
I've never been to one of the cemeteries. But I believe that even our veterans, especially our veterans, deserve to be recognized at Christmas. Just like Jesus, they gave the supreme sacrifice.
I learned about WAA through Civil Air Patrol when my daughter was a cadet in CAP. The Remember, Honor, Teach presentation of a wreath to each military branch is one of the most moving I have witnessed. Over the years, I watched the participation in WAA grow in Nevada from a few hundred wreaths donated to thousands. Give a wreath donation for a Christmas gift to that person in your family who has everything.
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After my Dad (a retired Navy CAPT) passed in 2011, I was so touched by the kindness of strangers that placed a wreath on his Arlington grave at Christmas. So, I tracked them down and found out that it was Wreaths Across America (WAA).
Myself and other families from the military retirement community where my parents lived began volunteering with WAA in 2012 with wreath sponsorships and placements. We were able to get a bus of residents to come and help with wreath placements. It really made the Christmas season so meaningful for us all. We also assisted with wreath cleanup in January.
Many thanks to everyone (WAA folks in Maine, truckers and volunteers) that make this effort so wonderful!!
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I have been buying my Christmas wreaths from WAA for quite a few years now. I purchase one for my home and one for a solider buried at Arlington. As a Blue Star Mother my chapter sponsors 10 wreaths every year. in 2013 I went and placed wreaths in Arlington. what incredible thing they accomplish. I was moved beyond words at the genoristy and the spirit of which we all come together. I will always be a Wreaths Across America sponsy and volunteer
I first heard about Wreaths Across America on the news. I was so impressed by what the organization was doing that my husband and I flew from Colorado to DC to participate the next year at Arlington National Cemetery. AMAZING experience!!! Since then, we have sponsored wreaths every year and volunteer locally at Fort Logan National Cemetery to honor our relatives and friends, and all those who have served.
As an active member of the Patriot Guard Riders of Michigan, I have participated in the laying of the wreaths at the Grand Rapids Home For Vets (Michigan), for 7 years now! What a WONDERFUL thing to do for our countries (nearly forgotten) hero's!!!
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I participate in Wreaths Across America as a volunteer and a donor in order to honor and pay tribute to those that served our great country and made it what it is today. I like the fact that veterans are remembered across the entire nation. My father is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, so that's where I volunteer. I miss my father so much.
Last December it was very moving to see the trucks arrive with the wreaths and all the volunteers who turned up on a very cold day to help distribute the wreaths. I hope this year to have a wreath for every grave site (250,000) to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery.
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I lost my brother, Cpl. Thomas Steven Hickman in Vietnam, he was my best friend , my brother and my Hero. When he was killed, I promised him that I would help veterans as I know he would if he had made it home alive. Wreaths Across America is so special to me, what a wonderful way to show the love and care we have for our Veterans. This is my second year with Wreaths Across America, and I am so honored to be a part of this wonderful organization..
This December will be our sixth consecutive year that we travel from Boston to ANC to assist with placing wreaths. As a member from a Gold Star family (Vietnam) I consider it an appropriate tribute. I know the GS families of today take comfort. See ya there!