Wreaths Across America
Rating: 4.9 stars 102 reviews
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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They are easy to volunteer for and a great way to honor our fallen heroes. My father was in the Koren War, my son-in-law was in the Air Force, and has been to Afghanistan, and my nephew served in Army Reserves in Afghanistan as well. At this time we have a young man that was deployed to Guam. I look forward to the wreath laying every year. It is one of favorite parts of Christmas to make sure all of our vets are remembered.
My chance to be a part of the WAA Escort will forever be a lasting memory for me. It was an honor to be part of of this event. The ride from Maine to Virginia, visiting schools, veteran memorials as an escort of the 2014 grand marshall Edith Nowels and her lifelong passion to remember her brother lost during the Battle of the Bulge. Medal of Honor recipient, Bud.
I hope to be able to do this again to Alway Honor Remember and Teach.
This organization honors soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. Laying a wreath at a soldiers gravesite is a humbling experience. Truly an amazing organization. We've helped support it now for over three years and look forward to supporting it again this December.
I have been donating a wreath for Arlington National Cemetery for several years. Now that I've moved to Florida, my wreath will go to Sarasota National Cemetery. I have placed many a wreath at Arlington, my first year at Sarasota was last year, plan on being there again this year. I now work at DT Jacobson Va Nursing Home and I'm trying to get my Vets involved. Hope & Pray all goes well, to take some of the Vets to the Patriot Plaza for the Laying of the Wreaths! Much Warmer here!
My friends introduced me to Wreaths Across America in 2010 and I have been participating in the annual wreath laying at Arlington ever since - and I plan to do so every year. It is such an incredible experience! I am honored to be able to walk this hallowed ground and remember our veterans in this way, especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice. I encourage everyone to learn the history behind Wreaths Across America, which was founded by the Worcester family. This organization lives up to their mission of "Remember, Honor, Teach" and I am proud to be a part of it.
As a Gold Star parent (lost a son in military service), it is extremely important to have his life remembered. Wreaths Across America puts into action their mission of Remember, Honor and Teach. All three parts of the mission statement are equally important. WAA does an excellent job carrying out the mission. I am proud to be a volunteer for this first class nonprofit.
I attended my first Wreaths Across America program here locally in 2007 to place remembrance wreaths upon the headstones of veterans. The local Civil Air Patrol Squadron organized the program with about 30 people showing up for the wreath laying. It was a very moving experience to find headstones dating back to the Civil War, WWI and WWII.
In 2008 the Civil Air Patrol handed the reigns to the Patriot Guard Riders for us to continue the program at our about to be opened Jacksonville National Cemetery. In the last 6 years our program has grown from 1100 wreaths to 6800 wreaths. One for every headstone!
Every year we receive emails, snail mail and phone calls from the families that have someone laid to rest upon these hallowed grounds. Most are from families that had never heard of Wreaths Across America and are touched by the site of a remembrance wreath on their Hero or loved ones headstone.
If Worcester Wreath Company had not started placing left over wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery so many years ago, December would just be another month a military/veteran's family is without their loved ones. However each year these families know that there are thousands of strangers nationwide that value our military's service and sacrifices. It shows them that we will never forget them.
As a Location Coordinator I cannot imagine doing anything else but to Remember~Honor~Teach
I started supporting our local Civil Air Patrol with their Wreaths Across America program in 2006. In 2009 I became a location leader for the Jacksonville National Cemetery. Our first year we had about 300 attend placing 1100 wreaths. Last year we had about 2500 attend placing over 5400 wreaths.
Besides the basic tenant of Remember, Honor, Teach the most heartwarming driving force is the feedback from families that have never heard about Wreaths Across America. Each year I hear from families who laid a loved one to rest in the preceding year and visited their loved one after the wreath laying ceremony. The comments they share about seeing every headstone with a wreath laid upon it puts a lump in my throat. The appreciation they convey that people volunteered their support, time and money to remember those who have served our country or were the spouse of someone who served proves this is the right thing to do. It also proves that the effort put forward is well worth it.
My involvement with WAA is through Operation Care Package and the American Legion Auxiliary Post that I am a member of. It is our privilege to not only help sponsor wreaths to be placed at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, but also to place the wreaths on the veterans' graves. To have this go nation-wide is a hearty task, but with the help of volunteers and donors, WWA and OCP are ready to take up the challenge. God Bless the American Soldiers and their families!
Wreaths Across America is an organization that offers every American an opportunity to honor our veterans. We have personally participated in placing wreaths in several states and have donated consistently to this great cause. Unlike many organizations claiming to serve our military these folks are NOT self-serving!
Wreaths Across America is an organization that helps us teach our youth about the sacrifices our soldiers and veterans have made for our freedom. Many of the current children in school today do not have a family member involved in the military. It is our responsibility to TEACH, our youth about the men and women who fight/fought for our freedom and Wreaths Across America makes that happen.