This Veterans Day, learn how Wreaths Across America helps remember, honor, and teach fallen members of the military service.
TToday we honor the nation’s veterans Veterans Daywe draw attention to a non-profit organization that makes a difference with its powerful mission. Wreaths Across America was established to remember and honor fallen service members during the holiday season by coordinating wreath laying services at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations across the United States.
The non-profit organization was founded in 2007 by Morrill Worcester, a Maine businessman Worcester Wreath Company– with the mission “Remember, Honor and Teach”.
WREATH LAYING CEREMONY
Driven by national volunteers and a small team of staff, Wreaths Across America gathers every December to pay homage to fallen veterans. The handcrafted wreaths are escorted in a convoy called The Veterans Honor Parade that travels up the east coast in early December. During the several-mile journey, the wreath convoy will stop at schools, memorials, veterans’ homes and local communities to share their mission.
Recognizing the powerful effect of Wreaths Across Americathe United States Congress voted unanimously to “National Wreaths over America Day‘ annually on the second or third Saturday in December. The non-profit association offers those who would like to get involved wreath sponsorships where you can fund one of the handmade and all-American balm wreaths with a hand-tied red velvet bow.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: HONOR VETERANS – WAR MEMORIAL AROUND THE WORLD
MOBILE EDUCATION EXHIBITION 2023 NATIONAL TOUR
Next to “The Veterans Honor Parade” Wreaths Across America will have what they call a Mobile Education Exhibit Tour interactive museum on wheels.
“The goal of Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit is designed to bring communities together and teach about the organization’s mission,” Trish Gardner, Manager of Mobile Education Exhibit for Wreaths Across America says. “The exhibit serves as a mobile museum, educating visitors about the service and sacrifices of our nation’s heroes and serving as the official welcoming station for our nation’s Vietnam veterans.”
The national tour begins in California in January and then on to Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Maine.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: HOW MUCH GOOD CAN A YACHT DO? | BOAT DONATIONS TO ORANGE COAST COLLEGE
“The goal of the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit is to bring communities together and educate about the organization’s mission,” said Trish Gardner, Manager of the Mobile Education Exhibit for Wreaths Across America. “The exhibit serves as a mobile museum, educating visitors about the service and sacrifices of our nation’s heroes and serving as the official welcoming station for our nation’s Vietnam veterans.”
FREE LESSON PROGRAM CURRICULUM FOR TEACHERS
An important part of Wreaths Across America Their mission is to teach, and they’re making it easy with a new TEACH program that launched earlier this year. The program was put together by retired educator and Gold Star mom Cindy Tatum, who teaches the next generation everything Veterans DayCharacter development and the value of freedom.
“As a volunteer, founding family member, and mother of six and grandmother of nine whose life has been profoundly impacted by the opportunity to meet so many in the military community, I know the teaching aspect of our mission is most important,” Karen Worcester, Managing Director of Wreaths Across America says. “Finally, this longstanding desire to develop a more robust educational program has taken a major step forward with the launch of this expanded program. I am thrilled to see that so many educators are already seeing the value of the materials and I hope more will have the opportunity to use these important lesson plans in their classrooms.”