How did Wreaths Across America Start?
In 1992 the Worchester Wreath company had a surplus of wreaths on hand after the holiday season. The company owner thought the wreaths could go to a good cause. He remembered visiting Arlington National cemetery when he was a kid and thought the wreaths could go there.
This tradition continued in 2005 when a photo with snow on the ground and the wreaths on the grave markers became national news. This photo jumpstarted the reach of many nationwide cemeteries asking for wreaths for their locations. Unfortunately, the Worchester Wreath Company could not support all the requests for donations.
Instead, the Worchester Wreath Company sent seven wreaths to each state for each military branch. In 2006, organizations like the Civil Air Patrol worked together to hold over 150 wreath-laying ceremonies. These volunteers started the yearly tradition of laying wreaths across America the week before Christmas. This tradition also created the Veterans Honor Parade.
How to Volunteer for Wreaths Across America?
Sign up on the Wreaths Across America website to volunteer at a location close to you. Suppose you do not see a site in your area, or you have a cemetery that you would like to add to the list. In that case, Wreaths Across America will help you in becoming a Location Coordinator, and there is no cost to becoming an official location.
Have you been meaning to file your claim but do not know where to start? Find out more.
Did you submit a claim, and are you waiting to hear back? Check the status of your claim.
Are you worried about your living situation while you wait for your claim to be processed? This page may help.
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“Wreaths Across America – Our Story” wreathsacrossamerica.org. December 16, 2022. https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/our-story
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