On 150th Anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery, WAA Aims for Christmas Wreath on Every Grave

Wreaths placed at the gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery are seen in this promotional image from the non-profit Wreaths Across America (Courtesy)

Wreaths placed at the gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery are seen in this promotional image from the non-profit Wreaths Across America (Courtesy)

There are 230,000 gravesites at Arlington National Cemetary. This year, the non-profit Wreaths Across America (WAA) is aiming to place a Christmas wreath on each one to honor the veterans buried there. Last year, they placed 143,000 wreaths at Arlington while also promoting wreaths being placed on the graves of veterans at many cemeteries across America.

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.

The group’s mission it to “Remember, Honor, Teach.” It coordinates more than 1,000 local fundraising groups in all 50 states representing more than 900 cemeteries, military memorials, and other locations. More than 80 volunteer trucking companies and drivers deliver the wreaths.

Students show their work in support of Wreaths Across America (Courtesy)

Students show their work in support of Wreaths Across America (Courtesy)

Since 2008, Congress has issued a proclamation officially recognizing national “Wreaths Across America Day” each December. This year, it will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

The group also helps teachers with curriculum aids aimed at helping students gain an appreciation for the sacrifices made by our veterans and the work of WAA. To view the curriculum pages, click here.

For general information on how you, your company, or organization can help, click here.

 

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