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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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wreaths Across America is an organization that helps us teach our youth about the sacrifices our soldiers and veterans have made for our freedom. Many of the current children in school today do not have a family member involved in the military. It is our responsibility to TEACH, our youth about the men and women who fight/fought for our freedom and Wreaths Across America makes that happen.

1 Wayne H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with WAA for over 21 years, starting with being just one of the few volunteers in the early years of the wreath project at Arlington National Cemetery. Over those 20 plus years I have seen this organization grow to its present position of one, if not the best, organization showing our veterans and their families that we will never forget what they have provided to us all through their service and sacrifices. I am honored to be a board member of this organization helping to guide it to even bigger and better ways to Remember, Honor and Teach so that our children will know what Freedom really is and what it has cost us. We can never forget our veterans!

1 Cheryl118

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've never been to one of the cemeteries. But I believe that even our veterans, especially our veterans, deserve to be recognized at Christmas. Just like Jesus, they gave the supreme sacrifice.

Dianne C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about WAA through Civil Air Patrol when my daughter was a cadet in CAP. The Remember, Honor, Teach presentation of a wreath to each military branch is one of the most moving I have witnessed. Over the years, I watched the participation in WAA grow in Nevada from a few hundred wreaths donated to thousands. Give a wreath donation for a Christmas gift to that person in your family who has everything.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my Dad (a retired Navy CAPT) passed in 2011, I was so touched by the kindness of strangers that placed a wreath on his Arlington grave at Christmas. So, I tracked them down and found out that it was Wreaths Across America (WAA).
Myself and other families from the military retirement community where my parents lived began volunteering with WAA in 2012 with wreath sponsorships and placements. We were able to get a bus of residents to come and help with wreath placements. It really made the Christmas season so meaningful for us all. We also assisted with wreath cleanup in January.
Many thanks to everyone (WAA folks in Maine, truckers and volunteers) that make this effort so wonderful!!

Joanne41

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been buying my Christmas wreaths from WAA for quite a few years now. I purchase one for my home and one for a solider buried at Arlington. As a Blue Star Mother my chapter sponsors 10 wreaths every year. in 2013 I went and placed wreaths in Arlington. what incredible thing they accomplish. I was moved beyond words at the genoristy and the spirit of which we all come together. I will always be a Wreaths Across America sponsy and volunteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Wreaths Across America on the news. I was so impressed by what the organization was doing that my husband and I flew from Colorado to DC to participate the next year at Arlington National Cemetery. AMAZING experience!!! Since then, we have sponsored wreaths every year and volunteer locally at Fort Logan National Cemetery to honor our relatives and friends, and all those who have served.

Jack46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an active member of the Patriot Guard Riders of Michigan, I have participated in the laying of the wreaths at the Grand Rapids Home For Vets (Michigan), for 7 years now! What a WONDERFUL thing to do for our countries (nearly forgotten) hero's!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participate in Wreaths Across America as a volunteer and a donor in order to honor and pay tribute to those that served our great country and made it what it is today. I like the fact that veterans are remembered across the entire nation. My father is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, so that's where I volunteer. I miss my father so much.
Last December it was very moving to see the trucks arrive with the wreaths and all the volunteers who turned up on a very cold day to help distribute the wreaths. I hope this year to have a wreath for every grave site (250,000) to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lost my brother, Cpl. Thomas Steven Hickman in Vietnam, he was my best friend , my brother and my Hero. When he was killed, I promised him that I would help veterans as I know he would if he had made it home alive. Wreaths Across America is so special to me, what a wonderful way to show the love and care we have for our Veterans. This is my second year with Wreaths Across America, and I am so honored to be a part of this wonderful organization..

Karen Hickman

Brian110

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This December will be our sixth consecutive year that we travel from Boston to ANC to assist with placing wreaths. As a member from a Gold Star family (Vietnam) I consider it an appropriate tribute. I know the GS families of today take comfort. See ya there!

Brandi13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I discovered Wreaths Across America though the trucking industry. My boyfriend is a driver for Prime I saw their Support the troops trailers advertising WAA and checked it out last year I attended my first WAA ceremony and wreath laying I was humbled and honored to place 10 wreaths. This year I am supporting WAA with the purchase or a wreath and giving one as a gift to my Uncle a Veteran of Vietnam. This is a wonderful nonprofit that is deserving on more national attention! Thank you for what you do.

Susan343

Donor

Rating: 5

Been contributing for 2 years ever since I found them on Facebook. Teaching others, especially children to remember and honor the sacrifices of our veterans is our responsibility as recipients of the fruits of their sacrifices.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I first heard about WAA in 2012 and decided to participate at Arlington Cemetery. It was truly an amazing experience. Neither words nor pictures can truly capture the scene of the trucks coming across Memorial Bridge being escorted by both law enforcement and the Patriot Guard riders. Laying wreaths to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom was humbling. Last year, we not only participated, but also sponsored wreaths. This year, we plan to do it again and have invited our friends to join us.

1 Al__4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While sitting at home one December I asked my wife if she knew who was putting the wreaths out at Arlington National Cemetery, after some research we discover that it was Wreaths Across America. We decided that year to go to Arlington and take part in the wreath ceremony, that was 10 years ago.
After losing a brother who was in the Army during the Vietnam war, it was like no one cared. That day at Arlington changed my view, I found out that someone did care. Thanks to Morrill & Karen Worchester, and all those that participate and continue to participate for keeping the memory of our fallen heroes alive.

Laura218

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wreaths Across America has and continues to do so much to increase awareness of veterans who have died for this country. People unite during the holiday season and volunteer time from their very busy schedules to make sure they are not forgotten.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

America is all about doing for others and who more than those who gave it all. To travel to Arlington and have the privilege of recognizing men and women who did their job to preserve and protect freedom is a heart-warming experience. Men women children -people from all walks of life come together to walk up and down the hillsides -wreaths in their hands, smiles on their faces. We came once and it changed us forever. Our family gathers at the truck every year to once again give thanks.

Jean-Katniss C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Grandfather was a captain in the Marines. He and my Grandmother died within months of each other and my Dad and his sisters were separated and grew up apart. granddad was buried at Arlington, but since my Dad was also a Marine, we really never had a chance to visit his grave. Inagine our joy to see a wreath on his grave last Christmas, given by a stranger to a man who died in 1933. I will donate this year and if possible, I will volunteer as well.

Judy Marolf P.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

"What you DO speaks so loudly I can't hear what you SAY."
What better witness & sign of respect can we give our children than to allow them to work along side us as we honor those who protected our freedom. "Freedom Isn't Free!"

Donor

Rating: 5

I was always moved by the pictures at Arlington National Cemetery at Christmas time and all the beautiful wreaths. When I learned it was only possible because of donations, I did so immediately. It was only after that I realized what a huge difference they make on a daily basis. As a wife and mother of AF personnel, it is an honor to donate to such an awesome organization.