“You don’t have to be in military service to serve your community and your country,” said Karen Worcester, Executive Director, Wreaths Across America. “Serving others, or being of service to others, gives purpose and I’ve seen firsthand, from Gold Star families to veterans, how it can help people heal.”
In 2021, more than 2.4 million Veterans Wreaths were placed by volunteers on headstones at 3,137 participating locations across the country in honor of service and sacrifices made for our freedoms, every name being said out loud. Wreaths Across America volunteers work year-round to ensure that service members buried are memorialized, their families and living veterans are honored, and the next generation is taught the value of freedom.
“Each person has something to give, be it their time, their ideas, their compassion or their resources,” Worcester added. “What may seem like the simplest act or gift can start a nationwide movement and it is our hope that this theme will spark people. I think Mother Teresa said it best, ‘the greatest good is what we do for each other.’ “
This year, National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, December 17, 2022. It is a free event and open to all. For more information on how to volunteer locally or sponsor a wreath for an American hero, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. To follow stories throughout the year from across the country focused on this theme, please use the hashtag #FindAway2022
About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery started by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – to remember, honor, teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies each December in Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations around the 50 states and beyond.
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