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Remembering veterans

  
By:  XDm9mm  •  Holiday giving  •  one month ago  •  47 comments

Remembering veterans

National Wreaths Across America Day is on Saturday, December 14, 2019

I know the "Holidays" are still quite a ways off, but if possible take a minute out of your day to help out an organization that is doing everything they can to remember our veterans who gave all and are interred in our National Cemeteries.
I just received the below email and am passing it on to others that might find it possible to help out at this time of year.

I am writing to personally thank you for the 20 wreaths you sponsored in 2018. Each veteran's wreath was placed on a headstone at one of our 1,640 participating locations by a volunteer who personally honored and remembered the veteran laid to rest there and said their name out loud. Here is our re-cap video that helps show the importance of your gift:

This year, National Wreaths Across America Day is on Saturday, December 14, 2019 and we would be honored if you and your loved ones are able to participate. Many Americans find it to be one of the most meaningful and moving experiences of their life. Please click   Search Locations   to find a participating location convenient for you.

Even if you are unable to attend, every veteran wreath sponsored is deeply meaningful, especially to our volunteers and the family members of the veteran that you are honoring and remembering. Please consider one of the options below to easily sponsor a veterans' wreath for an American hero:

Thank you for playing a part in our mission to Remember - Honor - Teach. We hope you can join us on Saturday, December 14, 2019.

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester
Executive Director
wreathsacrossamerica.org

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XDm9mm
1  author  XDm9mm    one month ago

I'm hoping that at least some, if not all NT participants can help out these folks.  

The wreaths for the graves of our fallen are paid for entirely by donations.   There are several trucking companies that volunteer their drivers and equipment to transport the wreaths to the National Cemeteries around the country and there are of course thousands of individuals and groups, including Boy and Girl Scouts, VFW lodges etc., that place the wreaths on the graves.

Help out if you can in any way possible. 

THANKS!! 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  XDm9mm @1    one month ago

I am retired Army and hope to get involved with this in any small way that I can.  I wish to thank you for posting this.

 
 
 
MrFrost
2  MrFrost    one month ago

And excellent and worthy cause. Thanks for this. And as always, thank you to all of my fellow vets for your service. 

 
 
 
squiggy
3  squiggy    one month ago

The idea is good but I have to look at where the money goes. It always seems like noble intentions are pimped for a cash flow to one pocket.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3.1  author  XDm9mm  replied to  squiggy @3    one month ago

Here's the back story.  I hope it helps.

Our Story

One man's annual tribute to our veterans inspired a legion of volunteers and gave rise to the Wreaths Across America of today

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Morrill Worcester, Founder of Wreaths Across America, and his wife Karen Worcester, Executive Director

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 .

Morrill Worcester, owner of   Worcester Wreath Company   of Harrington, Maine, was a 12 year old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News when he won a trip to Washington D.C. His first trip to our nation’s capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him. This experience followed him throughout his life and successful career, reminding him that his good fortune was due, in large part, to the values of this nation and the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s veterans. With the aid of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery that had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.

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As plans were underway, a number of other individuals and organizations stepped up to help. James Prout, owner of local trucking company Blue Bird Ranch, Inc., generously provided transportation all the way to Virginia. Volunteers from the local American Legion and VFW Posts gathered with members of the community to decorate each wreath with traditional red, hand-tied bows. Members of the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C. helped to organize the wreath-laying, which included a special ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The annual tribute went on quietly for several years, until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet. Suddenly, the project received national attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to help with Arlington, to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries, or to simply share their stories and thank Morrill Worcester for honoring our nation’s heroes.

The annual tribute went on quietly for several years, until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet.

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This iconic image became viral in 2005, inspiring increased national interest in the annual tribute and prompting the formation of Wreaths Across America as a non-profit 501-(c)(3)

Unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, Worcester began sending seven wreaths to every state, one for each branch of the military, and for POW/MIAs. In 2006, with the help of the Civil Air Patrol and other civic organizations, simultaneous wreath-laying ceremonies were held at over 150 locations around the country. The Patriot Guard Riders volunteered as escort for the wreaths going to Arlington. This began the annual “Veterans Honor Parade” that travels the east coast in early December.

The annual trip to Arlington and the groups of volunteers eager to participate in Worcester’s simple wreath-laying event grew each year until it became clear the desire to remember and honor our country’s fallen heroes was bigger than Arlington, and bigger than this one company.

In 2007, the Worcester family, along with veterans, and other groups and individuals who had helped with their annual veterans wreath ceremony in Arlington, formed Wreaths Across America, a non-profit 501-(c)(3) organization, to continue and expand this effort, and support other groups around the country who wanted to do the same. The mission of the group is simple:

The annual trip to Arlington and the groups of volunteers eager to participate in Worcester’s simple wreath-laying event grew each year until it became clear the desire to remember and honor our country’s fallen heroes was bigger than Arlington, and bigger than this one company.

Remember. Honor. Teach.

In 2008, over 300 locations held wreath-laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veterans’ graves. Over 60,000 volunteers participated. And that year, December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the US Congress as “Wreaths Across America Day”.

In 2014, Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers laid over 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond, including ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, as well as Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites if the September 11 tragedies. This was accomplished with help from 2,047 fundraising groups, corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of helping hands. The organization's goal of covering Arlington National Cemetery was met in 2014 with the placement of 226,525 wreaths.

The wreath-laying is still held annually, on the second or third Saturday of December. WAA's annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery has become known as the world’s largest veterans’ parade, stopping at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to   remember, honor   and   teach.

Wreaths Across America also conducts several programs to honor our veterans, including the popular “Thanks a Million” campaign which distributes cards to people all over the country to give veterans a simple “thank you” for their service. WAA participates in veterans’ events throughout the year, and has a veteran liaison on staff to work with local veterans organizations.

WAA is committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms, and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed so much to protect those freedoms. The organization offers learning tools, interactive media projects, and opportunities for youth groups to participate in the events. They also work to create opportunities to connect “the Greatest Generation” with the “Generation of Hope”, passing on inspirational stories from World War II veterans to the leaders of the future.

Wreaths Across America would not be successful without the help of volunteers, active organizations and the generosity of the trucking industry, which offer invaluable support to WAA's mission to remember the men and women who served our country, honor our military and their families, and teach our children about our freedom and those who protect it. There are many ways you can help— learn more   about how you can get involved.

 
 
 
squiggy
3.1.1  squiggy  replied to  XDm9mm @3.1    one month ago
In 2014, Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers laid over 700,000 memorial wreaths

Somebody whacked ten million dollars by pimping people into working for free as a way to assuage their guilt for living.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  squiggy @3    one month ago

Wow. Jaded much?

 
 
 
Kavika
4  Kavika     one month ago

They are not listed on Charity Navigator because they receive over 60% of their support from government programs. This does not mean that they are not legit it's because for Charity Navigator to list them they have to receive over 40% of their donations from private sources.

IMO, it's a real deal. 

As a side note AIM (American Indian Movement) will be sponsoring a Thanksgiving Day dinner for vets. Our 4th year of doing this in my area. 

 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4.1  author  XDm9mm  replied to  Kavika @4    one month ago
As a side note AIM (American Indian Movement) will be sponsoring a Thanksgiving Day dinner for vets. Our 4th year of doing this in my area. 

Is there a web site to contribute?  There's always a cost for something, even the good.

 
 
 
Kavika
4.1.1  Kavika   replied to  XDm9mm @4.1    one month ago
Is there a web site to contribute?  There's always a cost for something, even the good.

Thank you for the offer, but we have it covered. 

There is another charity that I'm involved in for vets and it's American Humane Paws for Vets. American Humane finds shelter dogs and trains them to be service dogs for vets. The entire cost is covered by American Humane, which is substantial. 

Two lives are being saved the vets and the shelter dog. 

Here is a link with more information about the program. 

https://www.petguide.com/blog/dog/american-humane-turns-shelter-dogs-to-service-dogs-for-veterans/

I'm sure that any donation would be greatly appreciated by them. 

I'm close to one vet that is waiting for his ''shelter dog''....

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4.1.2  author  XDm9mm  replied to  Kavika @4.1.1    one month ago
Two lives are being saved the vets and the shelter dog. 

Here is a link with more information about the program. 

https://www.petguide.com/blog/dog/american-humane-turns-shelter-dogs-to-service-dogs-for-veterans/

I'm sure that any donation would be greatly appreciated by them. 

I'm close to one vet that is waiting for his ''shelter dog''....

Great info.  Thanks.

The wife and I are considering another rescue dog, but we're not sure how our pampered prima-donna would take to another mutt getting spoiled!!

 
 
 
Kavika
4.1.3  Kavika   replied to  Kavika @4.1.1    one month ago

This is the vet that is waiting for his ''shelter dog''...

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Semper Fi 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
4.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Kavika @4    one month ago

Ten to one squiggy will accuse you of pocketing any money raised.

 
 
 
Kavika
4.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Paula Bartholomew @4.2    one month ago

I hope not, Paula.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
4.2.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Kavika @4.2.1    one month ago

I got your back if it happens.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
5  1stwarrior    one month ago

25,000 veterans at rest at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas - 16 Aug 2019.

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Perrie Halpern R.A.
6  Perrie Halpern R.A.    one month ago

Very worthy cause and I will be donating. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

 
 
 
Ender
7  Ender    one month ago

They do that here. The Biloxi National Cemetery is on the grounds of the VA.

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dave-2693993
8  dave-2693993    one month ago

Thank you XD.

Yes, we should all do as we are able to support our Vets.

Looks like you found a good path.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
8.1  author  XDm9mm  replied to  dave-2693993 @8    one month ago
 
 
 
katrix
8.1.1  katrix  replied to  XDm9mm @8.1    one month ago

Wounded Warrior got some really bad press a few years ago, as I recall. Their ratio of spending donations on the veterans was not good compared to other charities that help veterans. Have they fixed that?

 
 
 
XDm9mm
8.1.2  author  XDm9mm  replied to  katrix @8.1.1    one month ago
Their ratio of spending donations on the veterans was not good compared to other charities that help veterans. Have they fixed that?

Yes they have.   I understand the entire 'senior' cadre have been replaced and they're back in the good graces of the "rating" agencies.

 
 
 
dave-2693993
8.1.3  dave-2693993  replied to  XDm9mm @8.1    4 weeks ago

Thank you for those updates too, XD.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
9  Vic Eldred    one month ago

Thanks for the reminder. I will be glad to donate

 
 
 
1stwarrior
10  1stwarrior    one month ago

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11  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    one month ago

The best way to honor veterans is to dramatically chang our foreign policy of forever war and deployment. 

We must promise them we will only call on them to put their valuable lives on the line when our country is under attack.

 
 
 
Sunshine
12  Sunshine    one month ago

I sponsored a wreath.  Chicago is the nearest city for placing wreaths so that is too far for me.

It is touching that they say the hero's name when placing the wreath.  I never knew that.

I lost my uncle a few weeks ago.  He was a Vietnam Vet (Marine).  He suffered life long injuries from battle.  He was a good man.  A good soldier for our country as many others are.  

 
 
 
1stwarrior
12.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Sunshine @12    one month ago

Semper Fi Sunshine.

 
 
 
Sunshine
12.1.1  Sunshine  replied to  1stwarrior @12.1    one month ago

Thank you 1st.  

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
12.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Sunshine @12    one month ago

My father was a USMC DI.  He passed many years ago.  We are lucky that we both had these wonderful men in our lives.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
12.2.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @12.2    one month ago

Where was he a DI at?  I went through San Diego in the '60's.

 
 
 
Sunshine
12.2.2  Sunshine  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @12.2    one month ago

Thank you Paula.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
12.2.3  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  1stwarrior @12.2.1    one month ago

Parris Island.  There was a movie staring Jack Web where he played a DI there.  My father would watch it and comment on it to the point that he drove me crazy lol.  For him it was like going back in time to a place he loved being at.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
12.2.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Sunshine @12.2.2    one month ago

We don't always agree, but I will always have your back for something like this. jrSmiley_15_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Sunshine
12.2.5  Sunshine  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @12.2.4    one month ago

Thanks Paula, same here. jrSmiley_15_smiley_image.gif I was raised to respect all military, maybe not agree but respect and appreciate you guys for your service.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
12.2.6  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Sunshine @12.2.5    one month ago

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1stwarrior
12.2.7  1stwarrior  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @12.2.3    one month ago

Luv'd that movie.  Sometimes wished we had lived on the Eastern side of the 'sippi so I could have gone there.  When stationed at Beaufort, went to visit the Island - man-o-man - glad I didn't go :-)

 
 
 
MrFrost
12.3  MrFrost  replied to  Sunshine @12    one month ago
I lost my uncle a few weeks ago.  He was a Vietnam Vet (Marine).  He suffered life long injuries from battle.  He was a good man.  A good soldier for our country as many others are.  

I am sorry for your loss, Semper Fi and keep your chin up, all Marines go to heaven. 

 
 
 
Sunshine
12.3.1  Sunshine  replied to  MrFrost @12.3    one month ago

Thank you MrFrost.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
12.3.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  MrFrost @12.3    one month ago

Not only do they go to heaven but they put the angels through PT.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
12.3.3  1stwarrior  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @12.3.2    one month ago

Ya gotta stay in shape when you guard them doors - doncha know.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
12.3.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  1stwarrior @12.3.3    one month ago

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XDm9mm
12.4  author  XDm9mm  replied to  Sunshine @12    one month ago

Very sincere condolences to you and your uncles immediate and extended family, friends and neighbors.

 
 
 
Sunshine
12.4.1  Sunshine  replied to  XDm9mm @12.4    one month ago

Thank you XD.  

 
 
 
Kathleen
12.5  Kathleen  replied to  Sunshine @12    one month ago

My condolences to you Sunshine.  ((((Hugs))))

 
 
 
Sunshine
12.5.1  Sunshine  replied to  Kathleen @12.5    one month ago

Thank you Kathleen.  

 
 
 
Kathleen
13  Kathleen    one month ago

Thank you to all of our Veterans.