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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was a great experience, I went with my family last year and we all had a great time!

4 Carol232

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

3 Rebecca175

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Joe_85

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 !!!!!!!

2 Saeed H.

Donor

Rating: 4

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4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Jennifer543

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Kelly190

Donor

Rating: 2

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/

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Nancy214

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 judy_n2866

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Gold Star parent (lost a son in military service), it is extremely important to have his life remembered. Wreaths Across America puts into action their mission of Remember, Honor and Teach. All three parts of the mission statement are equally important. WAA does an excellent job carrying out the mission. I am proud to be a volunteer for this first class nonprofit.

Drem

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended my first Wreaths Across America program here locally in 2007 to place remembrance wreaths upon the headstones of veterans. The local Civil Air Patrol Squadron organized the program with about 30 people showing up for the wreath laying. It was a very moving experience to find headstones dating back to the Civil War, WWI and WWII.

In 2008 the Civil Air Patrol handed the reigns to the Patriot Guard Riders for us to continue the program at our about to be opened Jacksonville National Cemetery. In the last 6 years our program has grown from 1100 wreaths to 6800 wreaths. One for every headstone!

Every year we receive emails, snail mail and phone calls from the families that have someone laid to rest upon these hallowed grounds. Most are from families that had never heard of Wreaths Across America and are touched by the site of a remembrance wreath on their Hero or loved ones headstone.

If Worcester Wreath Company had not started placing left over wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery so many years ago, December would just be another month a military/veteran's family is without their loved ones. However each year these families know that there are thousands of strangers nationwide that value our military's service and sacrifices. It shows them that we will never forget them.

As a Location Coordinator I cannot imagine doing anything else but to Remember~Honor~Teach

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started supporting our local Civil Air Patrol with their Wreaths Across America program in 2006. In 2009 I became a location leader for the Jacksonville National Cemetery. Our first year we had about 300 attend placing 1100 wreaths. Last year we had about 2500 attend placing over 5400 wreaths.

Besides the basic tenant of Remember, Honor, Teach the most heartwarming driving force is the feedback from families that have never heard about Wreaths Across America. Each year I hear from families who laid a loved one to rest in the preceding year and visited their loved one after the wreath laying ceremony. The comments they share about seeing every headstone with a wreath laid upon it puts a lump in my throat. The appreciation they convey that people volunteered their support, time and money to remember those who have served our country or were the spouse of someone who served proves this is the right thing to do. It also proves that the effort put forward is well worth it.

Donor

Rating: 5

one of the very best non-profits is Wreaths Across America. If you have ever witnessed or rode in the parade to washington you have no doubt been very emotional. what a better way to remember our service men who have died for our country.It teaches all along the way to children what this is all about.Join the parade this year and you will be so glad you did.

Da Woz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My involvement with WAA is through Operation Care Package and the American Legion Auxiliary Post that I am a member of. It is our privilege to not only help sponsor wreaths to be placed at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, but also to place the wreaths on the veterans' graves. To have this go nation-wide is a hearty task, but with the help of volunteers and donors, WWA and OCP are ready to take up the challenge. God Bless the American Soldiers and their families!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am currently the owner of Modern Military Family Magazine. While researching content and resources to help our readers, I stumbled upon a story on this organization and photos of all the beautifully decorated resting places of our fallen. I was brought to tears. I am so thankful that an organization like this exist. The simplest gesture can have the most profound impact.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wreaths Across America makes sure that every deceased veteran in a state or national cemetery is honored at the holidays across all 50 states. For family members that can't get to those graves or deceased veterans without living family - this is a tremendous gift. A gift of a grateful nation in honor of our guardians. I love Wreaths Across America.

ProudAmerican46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wreaths Across America is an organization that offers every American an opportunity to honor our veterans. We have personally participated in placing wreaths in several states and have donated consistently to this great cause. Unlike many organizations claiming to serve our military these folks are NOT self-serving!