Nearly 1.8 Million Honored During 2018 National Wreaths Across America Day at 1,640 Participating Cemeteries


By Milan Eagle media

Dec. 16, 2018, on National Wreaths Across America Day, at 1,640 participating locations nationwide, grateful Americans in every state placed 1,800,000 veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of our nation’s heroes. At Arlington National Cemetery, nearly 60,000 rain-soaked volunteers placed 253,000 wreaths. 
Nearly 600 truckloads of wreaths were transported across the country through a network of hundreds of volunteer drivers, donated trucking and diesel, and countless hours of dedicated volunteers committed to the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. 
“Wreaths Across America brings diverse people and communities together across the country to celebrate all that is good and just,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “It is our obligation as Americans to teach our children – and each other – about the value of our freedom and the character of the men and women who serve to protect it.” 
Each live, balsam veteran’s wreath is a gift of respect and appreciation, donated by a private citizen or organization and placed on the graves by volunteers as a small gesture of gratitude for the freedoms Americans enjoy. For centuries, fresh evergreens have been used as a symbol of honor and have served as a living tribute renewed annually. Wreaths Across America believes the tradition represents a living memorial that honors veterans, active duty military and their families. Volunteers are asked to say the name of the veteran out loud when placing a wreath to ensure their memory lives on.
Showing Respect With The Retiring Of The Wreaths
This past weekend and over the next several, 1422 locations nationwide will be organizing volunteers for ‘The Retiring of the Wreaths’ – cleanup effort that is every bit as patriotic as the day the wreaths are placed in December.
Each year, a new theme is chosen to help volunteers and supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities. The national nonprofit announced the theme for 2019 is “Everyone plays a part.” This year’s theme was a recommendation made by ten-year-old “Mighty” Miles Worcester, the grandson of the founders of Wreaths Across America. He said, “those serving in the military are doing their part, but it is our part as Americans to remember and honor them, and that’s what Wreaths Across America does.” 
There are millions of volunteers and supporters – from schoolchildren and educators, professional truck drivers, first responders, veterans, Gold Star and Blue Star families, to corporations and other nonprofits – devoting so much of themselves. Each of them, playing a part in helping to plan and participate in local events and fundraising activities, sponsor and transport wreaths, and raise awareness.
This year, National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, December 14, 2019. It is always a free event and open to all people.  You too can be a part of Honoring Our Nation’s Military by volunteering or fundraising or sponsoring a wreath and you don’t have to wait until December 2019 or drive to Arlington. Michigan’s closest is Great Lakes National Cemetery located on Belford Rd. in Holly, MI. For more info go to the web site www.wreathsacrossamerica.org

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