Wreaths Across America is a remarkable nonprofit organization that helps us all Remember, Honor and Teach. Our veterans need to be remembered and honored for their service, some paying the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives; honored for being willing to fight for our freedom; and to teach our younger generation that freedom is not free.
It’s a simple act of respectfully placing a wreath on the grave of a veteran, but it means that they will never be forgotten.
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
My husband is a retired Army NCO, his dream was to be buried at Arlington with other soldiers. He died and my goal was to get him to Arlington. I don't get to visit his site often so I've asked the Wreaths across America to place a wreath at his grave and they take a picture of it. This doesn't cost much and is well worth it. Let's him know I'm thinking about him
I had a friend from my childhood, John. We grew up together. I tutored him in math. His dad was our mailman. John left high school early and after a while of bumming around joined the 82nd Airborne. After that enlistment was up, he got out but ended up joining the Navy as a corpsman.
John was drowned in Guam in June 1966. The strange part was he came to me in a dream and said "Goodbye". It was so vivid I called my mother and asked about him. It was later that day that we heard.
For many years there was something I wanted to do for him and one morning (I believe it was on Fox and Friends) I heard about WAA. Ever since I have sponsored wreaths for deceased military members of my family. I am up to 6 now.
It is my hope to help with the wreath laying one of these years. We were going to do it this year with my granddaughter's Girl Scout troop, but the other granddaughter has her ballet recital same time. Disappointed.
I have WAA send cards to the recipients families and believe me, it is a powerful and loving gift.
So glad I can participate.
Last year was my first year participating in the wreath laying ceremony and I hope to continue every year from now on. It was very moving and humbling to place wreaths on veterans never met and to purchase and lay on some I knew. There were young and old participating and a young high school girl there told me there was nothing else she would rather do. The wreaths were beautiful and the ceremony prior was beautiful. Well done
Wreaths Across America Day has become my favorite event of the holiday season. Everyone from the truck drivers to the speakers are truly wonderfully kind people to meet. After seeing the story of this group on television and reading an article in Yankee Magazine, I started sending a Patriot Pair to my Dad on his birthday as a celebration of his life and in honor of his service during WWII (after all what can you get for an 80 something hero?). The first year when I presented him with his gift, he cried. His heart was truly warmed at the significance of this gesture. He then told me never to give him anything else. And so at 94 I still honor this gift and will continue to do so so long as this program continues.
Our American Heritage Girls Troop WV1557 partnered with Wreaths Across America for the first time last year as both a Service Project and Fundraiser. Our goal was to sponsor 80 wreaths and we more than doubled that! Participating in the Ceremony and Wreath Laying was a meaningful way to teach our girls the importance of honoring Veterans. They also returned to us $5 / wreath which supplied all the extra funds we needed for the year! We are again gathering wreath sponsorships and look forward to laying wreaths on the Veterans' graves at the WV National Cemetery. It's a beautiful way to honor those who sacrificed so much!
I love this organization, funds raised and volunteer efforts go directly to honor our fallen heroes. I feel honored to support Wreaths Across America.
Wreaths Across America is great because not only does it honor remembrance of veterans, it truly values the teaching aspect of their motto: Remember, Honor, Teach. WAA allows our American Heritage Girls troop the opportunity to sell wreath sponsorships as a fundraiser for our troop. The girls then get to participate in the National Remembrance Ceremony in December. Never has any other fundraising opportunity been such a learning experience for our girls. Our donors also enjoy the opportunity to support two good causes at once. Such an amazing organization!
I have proudly volunteered for the past six years with Wreaths Across America at Fort Bayard National Cemetery in New Mexico. This is a great way for me to honor the memories of my father who served in the USMC during WWII along with my husband and brother who served in the USMC during Vietnam.
From my Great Grandfather all the way through to my Dad they served with honor and pride....My heart warms knowing they will have a wreath placed on their graves each Christmas....I bought 5 Wreaths last year and donated them to my local Vets as I am now 3,000 miles away from mine~ I look forward to making sure my local Vets are taken care of again this year! Thank you WAA for taking care of ALL of our Vets~ It's the least we can do to honor them!
Last year, in 2016, my then 5-year old daughter and I volunteered with quite a few girls from her American Heritage Girls (a.k.a. AHG) troop/unit at the veterans cemetery by us, Southern Nevada Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City, NV (30 minutes east of Las Vegas). The girls, their mothers, my son (my then 10-year old) and I braved very cold weather but it was worth it! The turnout from the many volunteers was awesome! My now 6-year old daughter, myself, her big brother (now 11 years old) and her AHG troop/unit will participate again in this year's Wreath Laying Ceremony for Wreaths Across America.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Great group of people keeping the sacrifice of those who have kept us free alive in our memories. We should never forget
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'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.
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.
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.
A great organization, a great family and story behind it all. There is nothing better than honoring our nation's fallen heroes.
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!
I have donated to Wreaths Across America for the past several years and the experience was very rewarding. The staff was very helpful.
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!!! :)
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.
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!!
Volunteering with WAA is a family tradition for us. We always leave feeling humbled and blessed to live in a nation who so many fought for.
Can only say that all of us involved have our hearts in the right place !! A truly humbling experience !! With all the bad stuff in this world,it helps restore my faith in humanity' So proud to be a part of this !!!!!!!
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Wreaths Across America is a non profit organization that creates pride and appreciation for our veterans. Their mission of Honor, Respect and Teach cover every walk of life. As an educator, WAA helps us teach our youth to learn about the sacrifices our military personnel make for our freedom. Many of our youth currently in elementary schools, do not have family members that served in our armed forces. They need to learn about the sacrifices that were made for them and WAA is the driving force behind that education. I can not say enough about the mission of this wonderful organization and it is my hope that it continues being the driving force for the education of our youth.
This is a great program. Last year was my family first year with wreaths across America so glad we got involved . and so glad we did. so come on and step up and help show our veterans that we care. Rember Honor Teach. Jennifer Anderson
The message and imagery from WAA is incredible, but the backstory concerns me...http://www.moneytalksnews.com/should-you-donate-wreaths-across-america-lesson-charitable-giving/
They are easy to volunteer for and a great way to honor our fallen heroes. My father was in the Koren War, my son-in-law was in the Air Force, and has been to Afghanistan, and my nephew served in Army Reserves in Afghanistan as well. At this time we have a young man that was deployed to Guam. I look forward to the wreath laying every year. It is one of favorite parts of Christmas to make sure all of our vets are remembered.
My chance to be a part of the WAA Escort will forever be a lasting memory for me. It was an honor to be part of of this event. The ride from Maine to Virginia, visiting schools, veteran memorials as an escort of the 2014 grand marshall Edith Nowels and her lifelong passion to remember her brother lost during the Battle of the Bulge. Medal of Honor recipient, Bud.
I hope to be able to do this again to Alway Honor Remember and Teach.
This organization honors soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. Laying a wreath at a soldiers gravesite is a humbling experience. Truly an amazing organization. We've helped support it now for over three years and look forward to supporting it again this December.
What an amazing organization! My family and I love following your stories all year long! God bless you and thank you for the work you do!
My friends introduced me to Wreaths Across America in 2010 and I have been participating in the annual wreath laying at Arlington ever since - and I plan to do so every year. It is such an incredible experience! I am honored to be able to walk this hallowed ground and remember our veterans in this way, especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice. I encourage everyone to learn the history behind Wreaths Across America, which was founded by the Worcester family. This organization lives up to their mission of "Remember, Honor, Teach" and I am proud to be a part of it.