What is a Veterans Wreath?

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.
  • 1992: First wreaths (5,000) donated by Morrill Worcester and Worcester Wreath Co.
  • 2005: Iconic photo of wreaths in snow became a viral sensation
  • 2007: Wreaths Across America formed as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization – Organization governed by board of directors. Day-to-day operations managed by Executive Director Karen Worcester.
  • 2012: 1 millionth wreath placed at Arlington National Cemetery
  • 2014: For the first time, every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery received a wreath – 227,000 in total.
  • 2016: 25th year that wreaths will be placed at Arlington National Cemetery
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 19, 2020 @ 11AM; observed annually on the third Saturday in December.

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