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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

159 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

4

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.

1

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.