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?
In 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.