Wreaths Across America is an experience and to truly appreciate what it does, one should spend an hour at a National Cemetery laying a wreath or a couple wreaths on the gravesides of our veterans. Read the headstone aloud, especially to a child or grandchild. Tell the story of World War II or Korea or Viet Nam or even the Cold War or more currently, the Global War on Terror. Discuss the service and the sacrifice our veterans have made, their branch of service.
I have supported WAA with time and donations. I feel good about the positive message and service to our vets. God Bless them all.
Palm City, Florida
I found Wreaths Across America this year and will be volunteering with this admirable organization for the first time in December 2016. Hopefully I will be doing the full convoy starting in Maine and ending in Arlington Virginia. I am so excited for this event and will be enjoying every minute
Catheys Valley Ca
I started donating Wreaths several years ago. Volunteered with my Son and Sister at Arlington National December 2010 in the freezing cold! Placed wreaths on my Father, Father-in-Law, Mother-in-law's graves! Very Rewarding. Since moving to Florida, 2011 I volunteer at Sarasota National Cemetary! Such a lovely place! My neighbor buried next to the Pavillion! Take my friends and family to make a day of it!
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!
Heard about this organization through my father, a Navy Veteran.
Every December we would go to South Florida National Cemetery and lay wreaths, and visit friends interred there. It is such a powerful and beautiful tribute to thank the Veterans for their service.
This past December I placed a wreath at my father's grave. And have plans every December to do so.
I learned about Wreaths Across America before my husband died. My goal was to become a volunteer for WAA. My husband died 5/29/14 & was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetary. my goal was met in December 2014. I will be at Arlington every December to volunteer for WAA and honor those resting in those hallowed grounds.
Once I became aware of Wreaths Across America, I was awe struck discovering who, and how, it began. The Worcester's of Maine had been making Christmas wreaths for years and in 1999 (I believe) had a surplus and made the decision to donate these surplus wreaths to Arlington Cemetery. No fanfare, no screaming for the media to show their deed...just good heartfelt respect for the deceased military.
My first volunteer trip to help lay the Christmas Wreaths was 2004, a year after my second beloved, LTC Ret. George J Young, was laid to rest in Arlington. I moved to the west shortly afterwards then returned to Virginia in 2006...I try to make the annual volunteer trip to help lay the Christmas Wreaths, health problems do interfere at times!
The Wreaths Across America manner of laying these wreaths at each headstone encourages all volunteers to respectfully say the name of that veteran.
The growth of volunteers visiting the military cemeteries around the country speaks volumes for the Wreaths Across America organization. They show Americans what Remembrance, Respect and Honor stands for.
A great organization, a great family and story behind it all. There is nothing better than honoring our nation's fallen heroes.
This was a great experience, I went with my family last year and we all had a great time!
This is one of the most rewarding things I have had the chance to do in my life. I get to pay respect for all of those who protected my freedoms. I mark my calendar every year as soon as the date is posted. My daughter and son-in-law take me every year!!