If you’re looking for a way to honor our troops and start a great family tradition for the holiday season, we may have found the perfect solution. Joining in the activities of Wreaths Across America will offer your family the perfect opportunity to remember the sacrifices of our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen and begin a family tradition, which teaches your children and grandchildren about supporting the military.
Wreaths Across America 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.
During the winter season of 1992, Morrill Worcester, owner of the Worcester Wreath Company, donated 5,000 wreaths to be placed on graves of soldiers at Arlington and national cemeteries.
Over the next ten years, this act of remembrance gained national attention and thousands of donors who wanted to participate in honoring the military. You may even remember a photo taken in 2005 showing hundreds of wreaths in Arlington – this photo literally went viral.
Last year, for the first time, WAA was able to place a wreath at the headstone of every grave in Arlington Cemetery — 230,000 wreaths in total! But what I really admire about this organization is its mission statement: REMEMBER. HONOR. TEACH.
If you’re thinking of beginning a family tradition or looking for a new one, we hope you’ll consider Wreaths Across America. Using their curriculum and books during the Christmas holidays would be a great way to engage your children and grandchildren in discussions about freedom and the price paid to secure it. There may be a wreath-laying ceremony in your local area which you or your family could attend or volunteer for.
To donate your own family wreath or read further about this 501(c)3 organization visit wreathsacrossamerica.org.
H/T to one of our readers for writing in and letting us know about this great opportunity!
[Note: This article was written by Marine mom, Ashley Edwardson]