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Introduction To Wreaths Across America:

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. You can read the full history of the organization here - feel free to use! Here’s a video version that will save you the reading:


National Wreaths Across America Day is a free, non-political event, that honors and remembers our nation's veterans who are laid to rest in 3,100+ different locations nationwide. This year, National Wreaths Across America Day will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2022.

 


RECENT NEWS

Wreaths Across America and Young Marines Enter Partnership
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This signing will build a stronger awareness for each group's common missions and support educational events throughout the nation. 

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Registration is Open for 2022 Stem to Stone Races
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Registration is open for the annual Stem to Stone Races which are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

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Flag Waving Tuesdays
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Join WAA every Tuesday morning from 9-10am ET as they wave the American Flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance, just as the Freeport Flag Ladies did each week for 18 years starting on 9/11/01.

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Wreaths Across America Announces Theme for 2022
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A new theme is chosen annually to help volunteers and supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities. The theme for 2022 is “Find a way to serve.”

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MISSION BBQ Customers Donate $550,920 to Sponsor Wreaths for National WAA Day 2022

cups 202186 participating Wreaths Across America locations will receive sponsored wreaths because of the generous donations in the communities where MISSION BBQ customers support the mission.

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WAA Announces Expanded TEACH Program

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WAA is proud to announce the launch of our revamped TEACH program. The program, which both shares established curriculum from like-minded organizations, and introduces new educational materials, focuses on character development and service projects for young people of all ages.

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Mobile Education Exhibit's 2022 National Tour

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2022's MEE national tour began in February. When the MEE pulls into your area, all veterans, active-duty military, their families, and the local community members are invited and encouraged to visit, take a tour, and speak with WAA Ambassadors and volunteers.

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American Pride on Display 2021's WAA Day Events

DriverMarineWreathsMore than 2.4 million sponsored veterans' wreaths were placed by volunteers at 3,136 participating locations across the country on last year's National Wreaths Across America Day.

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The Reinterment of Medal of Honor Recipient SGT Robert McPhelan

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 Robert was born in 1837 in Laois, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States with his wife Mary and joined the Army. He received his Medal of Honor for Gallantry in action for his time serving with Col Nelson Miles October 1876 through Jan 1877. He was presented the honor on July 18, 1877 from General William T. Sherman. SGT Robert McPhelan was laid to rest in 1884 in Potters Field.


UPDATE: He was respectfully relocated to Leavenworth National Cemetery and received full military honors thanks to the hard work of WAA volunteer Michelle Cebe in Kansas.

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Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 Monument

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Very little is known about what happened to Flying Tiger Line Flight 739, a military mission plane that went missing on March 16, 1962, with 93 US Army Soldiers on board and 11 crew members. Due to the complexities surrounding the mission, the names of all those who have been lost have not yet been added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. WAA unveiled a memorial to these brave men and women and their families on May 15, 2021.

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WAA volunteers like Cliff Vangilder act as ambassadors for the mission to remember, honor, and teach. They are also environmentally minded as they work to find solutions for logistical challenges associated with wreath laying on Wreaths Across America Day.

One of those challenges is: what to do with the wreaths after honoring our veterans? For the last two years, retired veterans' wreaths have been collected and turned into fish habitat in Tygart Lake, VA providing shelter from predators increasing their chances of maturing and spawning. It helps survival lifespan and reproduction rates necessary for a healthy fishery.

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Gold Star Wives MOU Signing

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WAA proudly announced the signing of an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Gold Star Wives of America to help advance the mission to remember, honor, teach about veterans and their families. Through this writ of Understanding,

The Gold Star Wives of America have taken another step in their storied history of offering service to those who have sacrificed so much.Learn More

 

Corporate Partnerships

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WAA has been very fortunate to work with some amazing partners this past year as we all work in unity to Remember, Honor and Teach about our nation’s veterans. This year we have been especially fortunate to work with some enthusiastic and generous organizations who support the mission.


UPDATE: In addition to the partnerships below, look for official announcements from the International Association of Movers coming up.

Jersey Mike's Challenge Grant

Mission BBQ's Hereos Cup Campaign

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Crowley Will Sponsors Puerto Rico

 

Military Women's Memorial Grove Dedication

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On September 27, 2021, Wreaths Across America, in partnership with the Military Women’s Memorial Foundation, dedicated a section of the organization’s balsam Tip-lands in Columbia Falls, Maine, to America’s military women, past and present, in honor and memory of all women who have served our nation.

The ceremony included an opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, an unveiling of the Grove plaque, remarks by leadership of both organizations and the reading of the names of veterans who will be honored through the Remembrance Tree Program in the new Grove.

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Grove Dedication to Daughters of the American Revolution

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As part of its Veterans Remembrance Tree Program, WAA dedicated a Grove to Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on the tip lands in Maine. The balsam fir trees in this Grove will now hold the replica dog tags of thousands of veterans, all Revolutionary War-era ancestors of DAR members nationwide.

DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children, and was founded in 1890.

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WAA Recommits to the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration

 

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At a flag presentation ceremony held in the Pentagon, WAA reaffirmed its position as a Commemorative Partner of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

WAA was among the initial organizations to join the wide-ranging list of commemorative partners supporting the efforts of the Congressionally chartered United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. 

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Our Story

Article detailing the history of Wreaths Across America
(1700 words)for Print, Online, Blog or Interview Prep. "The American Dream is Not Lost…It Is Remembered!" By WAA Staff Sean Sullivan and Amber Caron

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Photos: Wreaths Across America Staff & Supporters

Wreaths Across America Executive Director Karen Worcester and Founder Morrill Worcester of Harrington, Maine. 

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Photos: Mobile Education Exhibit

Steffen Brann (Wreaths Across America MEE driver
and teacher) on the road visiting local communities and executing the Wreaths mission to remember, honor, and teach.

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Volunteers and supporters in the process of laying wreaths and saying the names of our fallen heroes on Wreaths Across America Day

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Photos: Convoy

The Annual Wreaths Across America truck convoy will be virtual this year. Trucks will be delivering wreaths to more than 3,000 locations across all 50 states. 

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Video Media

Virtual Concert

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Virtual concert event showcases volunteers, the organization’s mission, and patriotic music.

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Stem To Stone Race B Roll

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Footage from previous Stem to Stone 5K Road Races for use in Wreaths Across America stories.

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PSA (SPONSORSHIP)

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PSA (VOLUNTEER)

 

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Wreath Production

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Video by WAA Staff: Wreaths Are Made by staff at Worcester Wreath Co. Please note, anyone wishing to read about the difference between Wreaths Across America, the national non-profit organization and Worcester Wreath Company, can read more here.

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Volunteer B-Roll

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Video by WAA Staff: Volunteers Distribute Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

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Video by WAA Staff: More Than 2 million volunteers, a third of which were children, participate

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Wreaths Day B-Roll

 

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Convoy B-Roll

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Video by WAA Staff: Trucks arrive in Ellsworth, ME

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