I found out about Wreaths Across America after my brother who was a Veteran tragically lost his life to suicide.
The 1st Christmas after his death was very hard on my family and I. I wanted to place a wreath at his headstone. I called local area florists checking prices. I was blown away by the cost for each wreath and the delivery charges.
I googled Veterans wreaths and found about Wreaths Across America. I was put in touch with the Location Coordinator for #MDCHVC. He offered his condolences and gave me the details to send the check. The wreaths are beautiful, have a red ribbon attached along with a tag explaining the Wreaths Across America program. Each wreath placed at veterans graves are sponsored for $15.00 each.
My family and I have been volunteers ever since Dec 2009.
Remember, Honor, Teach
That is the founding principal for us as we Remember those who have fallen, Honor those who serve and their families and Teach our children the value of Freedom.
I found out about Wreaths Across America when I was looking for Holiday Wreaths for 3 family members who are buried at Maryland Veterans Cemetery at Cheltenham. A local florist charged $75.00+ for a single wreath while I was able to sponsor all 3 wreaths I needed for less than that! They are very beautiful, fragrant wreaths and have attached a tag that reminds us that we are honoring a Veteran that Day.
Little did Merrill Worcester realize when he donated 5,000 wreaths 25 years ago to Arlington National Cemetery that Wreaths Across America would grow to over 1,200 cemeteries in the USA. And now there are Wreath Laying ceremonies around the world at WWII cemeteries.
The first time I made contact with our location Coordinator, he informed me how to order the 3 Grave Specific wreaths, what time to be at the Cemetery for the Ceremony and when we would begin the laying of the wreaths. Our location Coordinator, George Satterthwaite is amazing. He gave our daughters extra wreaths that first year. They wreaths were almost too big for them to carry. He encouraged my family to come back the next year and we did!. My kids are now in High school and look forward to Wreath Laying Day every
Thanks to the hard work and dedication from Wreaths Across America, we have amazing Location Coordinator handbooks and webinars. They are always a phone call away when we have questions. Through the webinars with have learned how to run the program better all the while keeping our Mission forefront.
Our wreath sponsorships have grown from 250 wreaths to over 3,500 wreaths in 7 years at Maryland Veterans Cemetery at Cheltenham. I have been a Volunteer there for the past 7 years.
Wreaths Across America Headquarters organizes webinars, updates fb and of ::) ER social media, send updates regarding changes and keeps us in the loop as we get closer to Wreath Laying Day.
They listen and act upon our suggestions.
All the while keeping the mission forefront in everything they do:
REMEMBER those who have fallen
HONOR those who serve and their families
TEACH our children the value of freedom
Yesterday I visited the gravesite of my hero at Chattanooga National Cemetery. It was so touching to see all those beautiful wreaths placed in memory of all the men and women who had served our country. It comforts my heart to know they are honored this way. I did not know about the organization until this year, but I plan to volunteer next year in placing the wreaths.
I have worked with WAA for the past 8 years through your ceremonies held at the Texas State Capital, Oak Grove Memorial Gardens and Texas State Cemetery. In 2016 I had the honor of organizing this ceremony where Taya Kyle was our guest speaker but what makes this event memorable was seeing Taya and her children place the wreath of her Husband, SEAl Chris Kyle’s grave. WAA helps families in part of their healing process with these ceremonies and wreaths to honor our veterans!
We have twice assisted at laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Reminding family members that the Nation still remembers their sacrifices. We also visited their museum in Maine and attended concerts they sponsor for veterans. Please support them.
Wreaths across America helps with the grieving process for families. Seeing the wreaths on each marker is special and acknowleges all the soldiers. Last December was our 1st year. Will be ordering another and several more for other sites.
My husband and I had the honor of helping place wreaths for the first time last December at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. What a beautiful expression of caring to see mothers and children, company teams, military men and women,etc. placing wreaths on the graves of our fallen vets. I was impressed at the thought and organization that went into the program. As long as I am physically and mentally able, I will be out there each December placing wreaths. Thank You!
Wreaths Across America brings much needed recognition to our war heroes. It's easy to forget when you are removed from the situation and as time goes by. They bring them back to the front of our minds.
I have volunteered and attended for the past two years. An awesome organization, with an important and impressive mission. A top flight organization. Thanks for your work and leadership
My son and I volunteered for the first time last year at Golden Gate Nationai al Cemeterey in San Bruno, Ca. It was also are first Christmas without my WW2 veteran father who is buried there. I learned about this organization last November which was kind of weird because my mom and grandparents are also there and i never noticed before. Wreaths across America helped me and gave me a purpose to get through the holidays last year. My son and I donated money for wreaths and we volunteered placing wreaths. We decided it was something we will do again every year. I am hoping for the day that Golden Gate National Cemeterey is filled with wreaths. This is a great humbling nonprofit, I think everyone should volunteer at least once and donate to get a wreath on all are vets graves.
I have been working with Wreaths Across America for about 6 years. They do a wonderful job getting the wreaths put together and then on trucks to travel across the nation. They get all the wreaths to cemeteries on time so the nationwide wreath laying can be accomplished across the country at the same time. Wonderful organization to be a part of. I take part at the American Legion Post 5 Tampa, FL cemetery.
I needed a quick thoughtful gift to let a friend know she was being thought of on 9/11. I emailed WAA and they jumped into action for me! I ended up sending her a gift card of a wreath bought in her husbands name in remembrance of her losing her husband in the Pentagon. They were awesome!
Because I am unable to visit the three national cemeteries at which my family members are buried, I am very grateful to Wreaths Across America for the loving, respectful support they give to our military heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. Last year, for the first time, wreaths were placed at a cemetery near my home in New Mexico. Having broken my right kneecap, I was unable to participate, but I made a donation and hope to participate this year.
This is a wonderful way to honor our fallen heroes! It seems like such a small gesture for anyone to show our respect for those who serve our country. Wreaths Across America really do a great job putting this together!
My Love (husband) is resting peacefully at Arlington. Each year since is passing I have purchased the buddy wreaths. One for a family member with the other being placed in Dec. The wreaths are spectacular, the fragrance is wonderful, they last for months but most importantly the overwhelming appreciation that is extended to the gifter brushes your heart. I have family that volunteers to assist in placing the wreaths and it's the most satisfing emotional heartfelt feeling to be able to be a part of this awesome event. Can't praise WAA enough........BTW they will also take a picture of your loved ones resting place with the wreath and email it to you.....At no cost.....Just awesome
This group is amazing - the time and resources they devote to ensuring the remembrance of our veterans resting at Arlington and cemeteries across the country is incredible. My husband and I travel from Maine to Arlington every year to partake in the wreath laying - it is our Christmas present to each other. We are so proud to have this wonderful group in our state.
Working with Judy Cambell and Wreaths Across America was a complete joy! Meeting the caravan in Smryna Delaware on a blustery freezing morning was no easy task! Everyone involved showed the their true grit and dedication to the cause. It was a great experience and look forward to doing again this year!!
This is a wonderful organization! My deceased husband is buried in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery near Harrisburg, PA. I now live in the Florida Keys and my children are scattered around the country. We are not always able to make it back at Christmas time to decorate his grave. These guys do!
I was an Air Force Brat, married a Navy submariner and have other veteran family and friends. I cannot think of a more honorable purpose than recognizing the people who fought for our Country that are now buried in our Veterans Cemetaries. Thank you Wreaths Across America for your dedication and the opportunity to do my part.
I visit Family that live not far from Worcester Wreath. For the past 25 or more years I pass the Warehouse on the way to my parents who retired to Maine, visit my Brother who was Stationed with C.G. in Jonesport Me. When I took my Late Husband, Duke up to meet the Family he shared the Wreaths Across America program. He himself being a veteran of the Army, Comm. Of A.Legion for over 25 years. We posted flags with Boy an Girl Svouts every Memorial Day. I lost my Husband 3 1/2 yrs. Ago. My Mom shared how Worcester Wreaths had dog tags for those who gave all and those who are still with us. They place it on a tree. My daughter Cami and I went this summer for vacation and visit family. We decided to get a dog tag for my Duke. If you ever get the chance to do this I would. We where taken to the area I thought the forever lit Tree was. O it was there, but that isnt where we were placing Dukes tags. Every soldier's family picks a tree. That they place their soldiers tag on. It its then taken a pic with family and will be recorded. When the time comes for the tree to be cut. The soldiers tags are placed on another tree to forever be remembered. There is a Gold Star section for tags. A camp soldiers can stay with family. A chapel. A view that is breath taking. My hope is to be able to attend placing wreaths at Arlington National Cemtary with Wreaths Acrossed America and families. To say their name and place the wreaths. So they will never be Forgotten. Donna Mercantini Bordentown New Jersey