Wreaths Across America

Reprinted from PN December 2012

On December 15, wreath-laying ceremonies will take place all across the United States.

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Wreaths Across America went nationwide in 2006, with 670,000 wreaths placed over 20 years.

What started at Arlington National Cemetery almost 20 years ago as a way to honor fallen veterans has grown into a national network.

Wreaths Across America Day is set for Dec. 15 and will include wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

The event is run by Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization. The mission of the group is: Remember. Honor. Teach.

WAA got its start in 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, donated wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery to recognize veterans of the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW-MIAs.

The program gradually expanded, and in 2006 it went nationwide. The project is now nearing the 20-year mark, with 670,000 wreaths placed.

In 2010, Wreaths Across America and a national network of volunteers laid more than 220,000 memorial wreaths at 545 locations in the United States and beyond. This included ceremonies at Pearl Harbor, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, and sites of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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