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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

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I had the honor of helping place wreaths for the first time last December at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. What a beautiful expression of caring to see mothers and children, company teams, military men and women,etc. placing wreaths on the graves of our fallen vets. I was impressed at the thought and organization that went into the program. As long as I am physically and mentally able, I will be out there each December placing wreaths. Thank You!

Amanda T.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Wreaths Across America brings much needed recognition to our war heroes. It's easy to forget when you are removed from the situation and as time goes by. They bring them back to the front of our minds.

Kathy R.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with Wreaths Across America for about 6 years. They do a wonderful job getting the wreaths put together and then on trucks to travel across the nation. They get all the wreaths to cemeteries on time so the nationwide wreath laying can be accomplished across the country at the same time. Wonderful organization to be a part of. I take part at the American Legion Post 5 Tampa, FL cemetery.

Donor

Rating: 5

Because I am unable to visit the three national cemeteries at which my family members are buried, I am very grateful to Wreaths Across America for the loving, respectful support they give to our military heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. Last year, for the first time, wreaths were placed at a cemetery near my home in New Mexico. Having broken my right kneecap, I was unable to participate, but I made a donation and hope to participate this year.

Donor

Rating: 5

My Love (husband) is resting peacefully at Arlington. Each year since is passing I have purchased the buddy wreaths. One for a family member with the other being placed in Dec. The wreaths are spectacular, the fragrance is wonderful, they last for months but most importantly the overwhelming appreciation that is extended to the gifter brushes your heart. I have family that volunteers to assist in placing the wreaths and it's the most satisfing emotional heartfelt feeling to be able to be a part of this awesome event. Can't praise WAA enough........BTW they will also take a picture of your loved ones resting place with the wreath and email it to you.....At no cost.....Just awesome

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization! My deceased husband is buried in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery near Harrisburg, PA. I now live in the Florida Keys and my children are scattered around the country. We are not always able to make it back at Christmas time to decorate his grave. These guys do!

Donor

Rating: 5

I was an Air Force Brat, married a Navy submariner and have other veteran family and friends. I cannot think of a more honorable purpose than recognizing the people who fought for our Country that are now buried in our Veterans Cemetaries. Thank you Wreaths Across America for your dedication and the opportunity to do my part.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband is a retired Army NCO, his dream was to be buried at Arlington with other soldiers. He died and my goal was to get him to Arlington. I don't get to visit his site often so I've asked the Wreaths across America to place a wreath at his grave and they take a picture of it. This doesn't cost much and is well worth it. Let's him know I'm thinking about him

Alice S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I had a friend from my childhood, John. We grew up together. I tutored him in math. His dad was our mailman. John left high school early and after a while of bumming around joined the 82nd Airborne. After that enlistment was up, he got out but ended up joining the Navy as a corpsman.
John was drowned in Guam in June 1966. The strange part was he came to me in a dream and said "Goodbye". It was so vivid I called my mother and asked about him. It was later that day that we heard.
For many years there was something I wanted to do for him and one morning (I believe it was on Fox and Friends) I heard about WAA. Ever since I have sponsored wreaths for deceased military members of my family. I am up to 6 now.
It is my hope to help with the wreath laying one of these years. We were going to do it this year with my granddaughter's Girl Scout troop, but the other granddaughter has her ballet recital same time. Disappointed.
I have WAA send cards to the recipients families and believe me, it is a powerful and loving gift.
So glad I can participate.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wreaths Across America Day has become my favorite event of the holiday season. Everyone from the truck drivers to the speakers are truly wonderfully kind people to meet. After seeing the story of this group on television and reading an article in Yankee Magazine, I started sending a Patriot Pair to my Dad on his birthday as a celebration of his life and in honor of his service during WWII (after all what can you get for an 80 something hero?). The first year when I presented him with his gift, he cried. His heart was truly warmed at the significance of this gesture. He then told me never to give him anything else. And so at 94 I still honor this gift and will continue to do so so long as this program continues.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this organization, funds raised and volunteer efforts go directly to honor our fallen heroes. I feel honored to support Wreaths Across America.

Dawn K B.

Donor

Rating: 5

From my Great Grandfather all the way through to my Dad they served with honor and pride....My heart warms knowing they will have a wreath placed on their graves each Christmas....I bought 5 Wreaths last year and donated them to my local Vets as I am now 3,000 miles away from mine~ I look forward to making sure my local Vets are taken care of again this year! Thank you WAA for taking care of ALL of our Vets~ It's the least we can do to honor them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are the proud parents of three sons who have and are serving in the US Military and to honor them we have donated three wreaths for 2016 and will continue every Christmas from now on. Thank You to all who serve and all who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In honor of , William Wagar ( Petty officer US Navy ) , Alan Wagar ( SGT. US Army MP ) , Joseph Wagar ( 1st Lieutenant US Army Reserve )

Jeffery and Judith Wagar

Donor

Rating: 5

I was honored in the past couple of years to escort on three different trips, a WW2 Veteran back to Washington DC to see the WW2 Memorial. While in Washington, we visited Arlington and it was the most awe inspiring part of our three days in Washington. My donation is the least I can do for what these brave Americans did for all of us! God bless them all and God Bless America.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found this organization several years ago and have sponsored wreaths. I've given the web site out to many and was able to an in service on its origins, commitments and dedications to honor those Herod who have passed on. I was overjoyed to have my son and grandson help me this year @ Ft Snelling Nat' l cemetery this past year.

1 Kathleen116

Donor

Rating: 5

I've participated in this great project for several years now. Not only is it humbling to see Arlington Cemetary decorated with the wreaths, it's been rewarding to teach my young great nieces and nephews all about the service their grandfather gave to this Country.

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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!

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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.

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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.

2 Saeed H.

Donor

Rating: 4

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