Wreaths Across America
Rating: 4.89 stars 89 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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America is all about doing for others and who more than those who gave it all. To travel to Arlington and have the privilege of recognizing men and women who did their job to preserve and protect freedom is a heart-warming experience. Men women children -people from all walks of life come together to walk up and down the hillsides -wreaths in their hands, smiles on their faces. We came once and it changed us forever. Our family gathers at the truck every year to once again give thanks.
"What you DO speaks so loudly I can't hear what you SAY."
What better witness & sign of respect can we give our children than to allow them to work along side us as we honor those who protected our freedom. "Freedom Isn't Free!"
As a Vietnam veteran I appreciate Wreaths Across America for their efforts to honor veterans of all wars. Over and over again they give the message of "Welcome home" to those who did not get a warm welcome when they came home.
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This organization is awesome! As a Gold Star wife it is touching to know that such an organization exists that honors our fallen heroes. The Wreaths Across America program truly pays tribute to this country's greatest gift; our veterans.
We have been participating in the annual laying of the wreaths since 2005 after the death of our mother. A military wife during our father's 32 years of Naval service, she rests in the Columbarium at Arlington. Our father will be joining her there in a few month's time.
Over the course of these years, we have seen this effort grow from a grass roots volunteer contingent to an army of dedicated folks - who count this day, as we do, as one of the most important and special days of the Holiday season. The monumental effort on behalf of the Wreaths Across America organization - collecting donations, constructing the wreaths, coordinating their destinations, and handling the incredible logistics - is mind boggling, but never fails to come off with precision.
Their efforts to teach and honor and remember are so very important. Indeed, my husband's Boy Scout troop makes the journey from NJ every December to participate, just one of many Scout troops, Civil Air Patrol contingents, Future Farmers of America, groups of all sorts - all there to make a difference. There is a group of friends and family that also accompanies us, and once they've participated, they earmark the next WAA Day to come again.
The poignant yet heartwarming moments abound. People of all ages - young, old, widowed, married with small children, groups of all sorts, Veterans, families of the fallen . . . the list goes on and on of those who take part in this day. To lay a wreath at the headstone of a hero - and to remember their sacrifice and honor them in this way - and sometimes to see the face of a grateful grieving friend or relative - just cannot be described.
It is our honor to participate each year, to support Wreaths Across America, to spread their story and share their mission.
I am in the Civil Air Patrol - Green River Composite Squadron, in Auburn, Washington.
I participated in WAA for the first time last year. I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in such a meaningful tribute and ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. This year, we have invited our senior members and cadets, as well as various service members, city officials, and members of the public to stand with us. We all look forward to supporting Wreaths Across America again this year! https://www.facebook.com/GRCSCAP
I am a 100% disabled veteran and a member of the Civil Air Patrol. I learned about WAA in the CAP and last year I was invited to join the convoy to Arlington. One of the best things I have ever done and am doing it again this year. Karen and Morrill are two of the most wonderful people in the world.
This is such a wonderful organization. We have participated with our Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in Canton Georgia for several years. It is such a good event to involve young people and grow an appreciation for all who serve. Remember Honor Teach!
My husband is buried in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. I've hosted a community fundraiser for the last two years in support of WAA. It's how my son and I honor and remember our fallen service men and women, friends, family, and others who served our great nation. I'm proud to say that by doing so we're helping others understand the importance of remembering the fallen, because after all, being forgotten is the worst possible thing that can happen to someone!
A dear friend and Chaplain with the Civil Air Patrol got our local squadron involved at Riverside National the first year and we have been volunteering ever since. Having our cadets participate each year so they will know and understand the sacrifices that were made on their behalf as Americans is a priceless gift. My dad was a WW2 vet, served in the Army, was a POW in Germany and we honor him each year with a wreath in remembrance of his service. We have 2 sons active duty Army and one Army Reserves and as a Blue Star Mom, WAA is a way to raise funds for care boxes we send to our deployed sons and daughters as well as an opportunity to reach out to the Gold Star families, sharing in their memories and honoring the service and sacrifice of their loved ones, -- an opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with others, giving support and feeling supported. For our family it's become and American tradition.
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--I don't think I would change a thing. It is easy to get involved, helping with the ceremony and interacting with the organization is always a pleasure, even in bad weather! It's not just a wreath, its a message.
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