This past year I joined with other members of the John Paul Jones Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution as we assisted the Navy Wives Club of the Nortwest lay Wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown replica in Bremerton Wa and throughout Ivy Green Cemetery. Our chapter also bought 4 of the larger Memorial Wreaths that were placed on Christmas Eve on Veterans Memorials throughout our county, remebering Veterans of WWI, WWII and Sailors of all wars and conflicts. It was a proud event for our chapter and one that we plan on doing again this year. What an awesome program to remeber those that have gone on before us. From a proud Navy retired Senior Chief Cook, it was an honor to assist in this program!! Mick Hersey. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wreaths Across America's most visible effort is the huge national remembrance day in December, when over 700 locations in 50 states and beyond have SIMULTANEOUS wreath laying ceremonies. Think about that. During the busy holiday season, thousands of people are collectively pausing to reflect and be grateful for those willing the make the ultimate sacrifice. But this organization also works all year to encourage people to be audacious in their appreciation of our service men and women, their families and veterans. They reach into schools to encourage them to start conversations across generations as local veterans can make history come alive, and help youg people appreciate how precious freedom is. I have come to know this organization by assisting the family with its start-up. The organization was created in response to the flood of people who wanted to help the family in their personal mission to donate wreaths to Arlington every year. I am continually impressed with this family, and the people they have brought into the organzaition, for thier fierce devotion to this effort, for their visible respect for family members who continue on after they lose thier loved ones, and for the way they cherish each and every story they hear about heroism, loss and honoring memories.
I’m writing in response to the earlier post that provided information to readers that is not accurate. Quite to the contrary, Wreaths Across America (WAA) is governed by an independent Board of Directors that assesses a competitive price requirement at the end of each contract term and the feasibility of soliciting bids from other companies is currently being conducted by committee. WAA relies on a partnership with our founding company to provide fresh, Maine- made wreaths to our locations that are affordable and delivered on time. All wreaths are made in Maine, using Maine Balsam, farmed specifically for this purpose.
WAA, although not required, has an outside audit conducted annually. In addition, an outside firm is engaged to help provide oversight in complying with IRS nonprofit regulations. The relationship with our founding company providing wreaths was presented in the initial 501 c3 application and a subsequent audit conducted by the Internal Revenue Service found no irregularities in this relationship.
Our mission, ‘Remember, Honor, Teach,’ is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies nationwide in December. We also coordinate veteran services and recognition through a variety of programs, and provide schools with teaching aides for projects throughout the year. We believe in our mission and the meaning it has to our soldiers and their families.
Thank you, Amber
I work with this organization since before it became a non-profit in 2007. I am responding largely because of the earlier(negative and anonymous) review that called into question the validity of the 501-c-3 status. The official records and IRS filings will address most of this. What I wanted to share was how WreathsAcrossAmerica.org came to be. You can read the full story here: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/about-us/the-arlington-story/ But after donating 5000+ wreaths each year as a company project for over 15 years, the response in 2005 was so overwhelming, that others wanted to know how they could get involved. In 2006 we (Worcester Wreath and the Wreaths Across America working group) informally added all the state and national veterans cemeteries. In 2007 WAA received status as an official 501(c)3. It is an honor to participate in this project. It would help if reviewers would get the facts correct, and not leave reviews anonymously if they really feel there is merit in their reviews. Signed Tobin Slaven.