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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

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Charlotte Chism W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Joan G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Theresa C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Debbie Berardi W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Leah Burrows C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best organization around! Their only purpose is to honor our fallen veterans. Thank YOU WAA!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Diana Spray M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Amy V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

John428

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Chuck30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have supported WAA with time and donations. I feel good about the positive message and service to our vets. God Bless them all.
Jayne
Palm City, Florida

1 Nancy258

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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
Nancy Cordero
Catheys Valley Ca

2 Grannycarol

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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.