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National Wreaths Across America Day is an event in December dedicated to remembering the sacrifices veterans have made in wars since the American Revolution.
National Wreaths Across America will be on Saturday, December 14, 2019 and is observed on a Saturday in mid-December each year.
Wreaths Across America (WAA) Day pays tribute in veterans cemeteries nationwide. The WAA mission includes raising awareness of the sacrifices veterans make for the country and encouraging more people to remember.
A Brief History of Wreaths Across America
WAA, the organization, evolved out of one family’s efforts to honor veterans. The Worcester family owns a memorial wreath business and has been making wreath donations to Arlington National Cemetery for many years. A photograph featuring some of those wreaths went viral circa 2005.
One of the unintended results of that viral image that featured Worcester donated wreaths covered in snow was that donations began coming in to support those donations.
According to the WAA official site, at first those donations were sent back to the givers “because there was no mechanism in place for the family to accept the donations at that time.” Yet the floodgates of donations had been opened and there were thousands of requests to help out.
In 2007, Wreaths Across America had been approved as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Since then they have raised the awareness of veterans and their sacrifices. They also work to assist other groups in fundraising such as Civil Air Patrol, Scouts, 4-H, local VFW chapters and other groups.
2012 marked the year when the one millionth wreath laid at Arlington National Cemetery. In 2016, the 25th anniversary of the first wreaths donated pre-WAA by the Worcester Family and Worcester Wreath Company.
How to Participate in Wreaths Across America Day
The WAA official site solicits volunteer help not just for Wreaths Across America Day. You can specifically volunteer to help out on the designated day (In 2018 it was on December 15). The WAA official site offers an online form where you can select options including wreath laying, sponsoring a wreath, or coordinating with a local cemetery.