Wreaths Across America is preparing to honor U.S. veterans this Christmas by coordinating and placing tens of thousands of wreaths at cemeteries across the nation.
This year, the organization will sponsor National Wreaths Across America Day on December 17. Volunteers will place Christmas wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery and at over 3,400 locations in all 50 U.S. states.
The organization says that their mission is to “Remember, Honor and Teach.” It hopes Americans will “REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom.”
Wreaths Across America has announced that the theme for 2022 is “Find a way to serve.”
“You don’t have to be in military service to serve your community and country,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “Serving others, or being in service to others, gives purpose and I’ve seen first-hand from Gold Star Families to Veterans, how it can help people heal.”
In 2021, volunteers with Wreaths Across America placed an astounding 2.4 million wreaths on the graves of U.S. veterans, the Epoch Times reports. This year, the organization expects to place 2.7 million wreaths.
“We do most of the national cemeteries, we do most of the state cemeteries, but our largest growth is in community cemeteries,” Karen told the Epoch Times. “It brings communities together.”
As each volunteer places a wreath, they say the name of the veteran out loud as a way to say, “Thank you for your service.”
Americans can participate in the event by sponsoring a wreath or volunteer to place a wreath at a cemetery near them, or by donating to a local sponsorship group. It’s $15 to sponsor one wreath.
For more information on how to volunteer locally or sponsor a wreath for an American hero, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
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