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!