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Wreaths Across America

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Nonprofit Overview

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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Meghan20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wreaths Across America is a great organization. I had the pleasure of participating a couple years ago, and it was an incredible experience. I look forward to getting more involved this year.

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.

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!!! :)

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

1 Lynda17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard about this wonderful organization from a friend through social media and was immediately drawn to such a worthwhile cause. I participated in laying wreaths at Arlington for my first time last year and will bring along family and friends this year. The emotions I felt were indescribable, and am happy to participate again this year.

John285

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in England and I think the WWA is a great organisation. To lay wreaths on every single grave is a giant task and people queue up to be a Volunteer. Since 2012 I have paid for a wreath for a friend's son. He is buried in Arlington , one year I asked the organiser to place it on his grave .He even sent me a photograph. This year I will pay for two wreath's as another friend's son is buried in the same section. Wreaths across America are even trying to teach the young , to Remember, Honor and Respect the heroes buried in each cemetery . I feel it is a honor to help them each year.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband, several friends, and many individuals I served with are buried at ANC. WAA honors not only each of them, but all of the 200,000 plus buried there as well as those buried in national cemeteries across the US. It is an annual tribute to their memory and their service at a time of year focused on giving and sharing. I hope to participate this year.

Mw F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My husband had just passed away and while visiting his grave during the Christmas holidays I was pleasantly surprise to see a beautiful wreath was pleased there. I intend on volunteering this year to place wreaths on the graves where I now live and I also am donating so that other vets may have a wreath placed on their resting places.
Wife of Sgt. D. Walker

Lysa M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first experience was when the caravan came through Putnam CT 3 years ago. I was overwhelmed and in awe to see the Patriot Guard escort and so manyTractor Trailers, painted with the logos, full of wreaths ontheir way to Arlington. The lump in my throat comes back whenever I recall that memory. I haven't missed a year since I first found out about the amazing patriotism that Wreath's Across America inspires. It is my goal to actually go to Arlington on National Wreath Laying day and participate in that ceremony. I carry the thank you cards in my wallet and in my car so I may distribute them when I come upon a Veteran - of anty age - to say thank you.
What surprises me the most is the ones who say to me "I carry these too".
I think much more advertising needs to be done at a local level to encourage awareness and participation in the community for the December ceremonies. Lysa Molnar, Danielson CT

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This "non-profit" is run by the owners of a for-profit wreath company which sells the "non-profit" millions of dollars worth of wreaths each year. The "non-profit", which gets donations from all over the country and free services donated by trucking companies, does not buy from any other Maine wreath-makers as far as I know. In fact, one other Maine wreath-maker told me that "he buys Canadian wreaths for $5 and sells them to his own non-profit for $15". It is a nice cause, but seems like a scam. Probably too noble a cause for anyone to actually question, though, but perhaps it is time they did. Even though it was his idea, I think he needs to very publicly put the wreath-buying process out for bids or divide it up among the wreath-makers in his area. He is potentially violating IRS regulations by selling to his own non-profit.

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