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Wreaths Across America

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Historical Organizations

Mission: To Remember, Honor, & Teach about the service and sacrifices made by our veterans to protect the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.

Target demographics: remember, honor, and teach about the service and sacrifice of our veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: placement of over 900,000 wreaths in 2015.

Geographic areas served: all 50 states

Programs: the annual wreath-laying program at over 1000+ participating locations nationwide.

Community Stories

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

John428

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participate in the program as a Member of The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Sons of Union Veterans (SUV) Find it very rewarding.

John M. Wedeward
Vietnam War Veteran
VFW Post 2708 (Edgerton, WI)
Nathanial Ames Post - Son of the American Revolution
Lt Henry Swift Post 33 - Sons of Union Veterans

2

Donor

Rating: 5

We are the proud parents of three sons who have and are serving in the US Military and to honor them we have donated three wreaths for 2016 and will continue every Christmas from now on. Thank You to all who serve and all who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In honor of , William Wagar ( Petty officer US Navy ) , Alan Wagar ( SGT. US Army MP ) , Joseph Wagar ( 1st Lieutenant US Army Reserve )

Jeffery and Judith Wagar

Donor

Rating: 5

I was honored in the past couple of years to escort on three different trips, a WW2 Veteran back to Washington DC to see the WW2 Memorial. While in Washington, we visited Arlington and it was the most awe inspiring part of our three days in Washington. My donation is the least I can do for what these brave Americans did for all of us! God bless them all and God Bless America.

1 Chuck30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Meghan20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wreaths Across America is a great organization. I had the pleasure of participating a couple years ago, and it was an incredible experience. I look forward to getting more involved this year.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have supported WAA with time and donations. I feel good about the positive message and service to our vets. God Bless them all.
Jayne
Palm City, Florida

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I found this organization several years ago and have sponsored wreaths. I've given the web site out to many and was able to an in service on its origins, commitments and dedications to honor those Herod who have passed on. I was overjoyed to have my son and grandson help me this year @ Ft Snelling Nat' l cemetery this past year.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great group of people keeping the sacrifice of those who have kept us free alive in our memories. We should never forget

1 Nancy258

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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
Nancy Cordero
Catheys Valley Ca

1 Kathleen116

Donor

Rating: 5

I've participated in this great project for several years now. Not only is it humbling to see Arlington Cemetary decorated with the wreaths, it's been rewarding to teach my young great nieces and nephews all about the service their grandfather gave to this Country.

2 Grannycarol

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Dawn145

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Lynn106

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Allison61

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Remember, Honor and Teach... We support Wreaths Across America!
We purchase the Patriot Pair for numerous family members every Christmas. A beautiful, fragrant wreath arrives at their home along with a card that mentions a wreath has been placed at a veterans cemetery on their behalf.
We actively participate in placing the wreaths at the Beaufort National Cemetery with our children. We are a USMC family and very much appreciate the hard work and commitment by those at Wreaths Across America to our veterans.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization, a great family and story behind it all. There is nothing better than honoring our nation's fallen heroes.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Wreaths Across America is an AMAZING organization! As a military mom it warms my heart to know that they work so hard to recognize our fallen long after their immediate family has gone on. I have donated to them and would love to help volunteer in the future. I am a blue star mom and am very BLESSED to still have my son. Thank you WAA for all your love and sacrifice to our FALLEN!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to Wreaths Across America for the past several years and the experience was very rewarding. The staff was very helpful.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wreaths Across America is an amazing organization! The staff are always helpful and super friendly no matter what the question is. I have personally had the pleasure of meeting them face to face and everyone is on board 100% with the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach. Keep up the Great Work!!! :)

4

Donor

Rating: 5

LOVE!!! This organization is amazing. To see our lost soldiers graves with beautiful wreaths at Christmastime honors them in a fantastic way. My kids have participated for several years at Arlington.