Wreaths Across America
Who We Are

Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester, in 1992.

WAA's mission - Remember, Honor, Teach - is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

The organization has since expanded to include more than 1,500 local fundraising groups in all 50 states, representing more than 1,000 participating locations, along with our nation's cemetery at Arlington.

Since 2008, Congress has issued a proclamation officially recognizing "National Wreaths Across America Day" each December. This year, it will be held on Sat., December 16, 2017; observed annually on the third Saturday in December.

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What We Do

Remember

Honor

Teach

Llano Cemetery - Get Involved Locally

For over ten years, Historic Llano Cemetery has had the honor of hosting Wreaths Across America in the Texas Panhandle. Along with the Tigershark Composite Squadron and the Civil Air Patrol, Volleys For Veterans, The Texas Panhandle War Memorial and many other Veterans organizations, Llano Cemetery supports the mission to REMEMBER, HONOR and TEACH. We invite you to join us in this mission by participating in many ways.

First, purchase a Wreath to lay on one of the 6,000+ Veteran's grave sites at Llano Cemetery.
Second, volunteer to Escort and Welcome the Wreaths Across America truck, driver, and wreaths on Friday, December 15,2017 (Exact time to be announced later).
Third, volunteer to place Wreaths upon the Veteran's grave sites, Friday, December 15, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.in Llano Cemetery. 
Fourth, attend the Wreaths Across America Ceremony, Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:00 a.m. in Llano Cemetery.

There are a number of ways for volunteers to get involved. Please keep in mind that there is NO COST to attend or participate in a Wreaths Across America event.

You can also volunteer to have another location in your state participate in the national remembrance ceremony, or you can start or work with a local group to raise funds for the wreaths, for your local ceremony or for Arlington.

For more information about this year’s events, to sign up to be a volunteer or to sponsor a wreath, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WAAHQ and follow us on Twitter @WreathsAcross.

WAA Media Contact:
Amber Caron with Industrium
O: (207) 773-0700, ext. 235
C: (207) 513-6457
acaron@industrium.com
pr@wreathsacrossamerica.com

Local Contact:
Marian Salisbury
Amarillo Tigershark Composite
Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol
O: (806) 236-4638
hobartmta@gmail.com

FAQs

Why do you do what you do?

We understand that we have a Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but our servicemen and women sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year, to preserve our freedoms.

In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving, or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We hope you will join us at any of our more than 1,000 participating locations, to show our veterans and their families that we will not forget. We will never forget.

Why does WAA make so many stops on its way to deliver the wreaths to Arlington?

On 2006, we decided that instead of a quick trip to Arlington, the Patriot Guard Riders would escort the wreath trucks down the East Coast and take several days to make the trip. This would allow stops at schools, monuments, veteran's homes and communities, and give the group an opportunity to promote its mission: Remember, Honor, Teach.

Why do you use live wreaths?

Wreaths Across America does not "decorate" headstones. We are honoring all veterans and active military members by placing live wreaths on the headstones of veterans. The fresh evergreens are a symbol used for centuries to recognize honor, and a living tribute renewed annually. We want people to see the tradition as a living memorial to veterans and their families.

What are the sources of funding for WAA?

We receive no government funding. National Wreaths Across America Day and other events are made possible by thousands of volunteers who organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponsor wreaths and participate in the events. Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Co. - the founder of WAA - continues to be a major donor of wreaths each year, but the majority of the cost for the program is paid by individual wreath sponsors, corporate donors and volunteer truck drivers and companies.

Does WAA have a religious or political affiliation?

Wreaths Across America is not affiliated with any religion or political party. It is our mission to remember and honor every fallen military service member during the holiday season, no matter what is happening in the nation or overseas.

How To Donate A Wreath

Please go to Wreaths Across America and fill out the information for your loved one.  If you would like the wreath placed on a specific grave, please make sure to scroll down and choose Grave Specific on the right side of the page, otherwise you can choose to donate In Honor Of or In Memory Of to be placed on any veteran's grave.

Press Release

2016 Wreaths Across America Press Release

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