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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

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.

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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.

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.

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 !!!!!!!

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

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.

1

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

Previous Stories

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!!