Founded in 2007 and based in Columbia Falls, MaineWAA, is best known for its annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and now over 2,500 additional sites nationwide, and efforts throughout the year to support its mission of se remembering the dead, honoring those who serve and their families, and teaching the next generation the value of freedom. GSW is a congressional, nonprofit, service organization established in 1945. Its mission is to exist to preserve and enhance the benefits for the surviving spouses and children of the US military; help its members and their children face the future with courage and determination; and honor the memory of their military wives who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The memorandum of understanding signed between the two groups outlines nine key agreements, such as the establishment of a steering committee with a representative from each organization, and voluntary collaborative efforts to provide opportunities for joint event activities and community service organizations that raise awareness of the missions of both groups.
“Since the founding of WAA, Gold Star Wives has been involved in mission and its members play an important role in sharing the stories of character and service that we hope to teach to the country,” said Karen Worcester, Executive Director of WAA . “This formal partnership is long overdue, and I look forward to starting our work together. Our combined efforts will no doubt help shape and inform the next generation of patriots.”
The current GSW National President, Nancy menagh, dedicated her life to service, not only as a military wife supporting her husband, Captain Philippe S. Menagh, United States Marine Corps, but continuing long after his death and teaching his children the importance of sacrifice and character – both served in United States Aviation. She said: “Our membership is made up of left-behind men and women. While our loved one made the supreme sacrifice, we are the ones who must live this sacrifice every day. We are an organization that serves … our spouses have served and serve us! “
This year, National Wreath Day across America will take place on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at over 2,500 participating locations nationwide. “The experience of laying a wreath at the final resting place of one of our country’s veterans and understanding the healing that this simple gesture brings to so many families and the opportunity it provides to share the stories of these heroes, makes it an important partnership, ”Nancy concludes.
About crowns across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery started by a businessman from Maine Morrill Worcester in 1992. The mission of the organization – Remember, honor, teach – is achieved in part each year by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in December in Arlington, as well as in thousands of veterans and other cemeteries locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information or to sponsor a wreath, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
About Gold Star Wives of America
Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. exists to preserve and enhance the benefits for the surviving spouses and children of the United States military; help our members and their children face the future with courage and determination; and honor the memory of our military wives who made the ultimate sacrifice. Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. works with the United States Congress to ensure recognition of our unique organization that seeks benefit on behalf of surviving spouses and children. For more information, please visit www.goldstarwives.org.
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