Nonprofit organizations agree to work together to help support shared missions of teaching the next generation the values of leadership, Citizenship and freedom.
COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine, May 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Yesterday, the national nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) and the Young Marines proudly announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. The signing aims to build awareness of each group’s shared missions while supporting educational events across the country.
These events will help teach lessons of character and patriotism to the next generation. WAA Military and Veteran Outreach Director, joseph reaganand the National Executive Director of Young Marines, Col. William Davis signed the MOU live at the Young Marines Adult Leadership Conference held at St. Charles, Missouri. To watch yesterday’s signing video, please click here.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the two groups outlines the key agreements that establish a framework for cooperation between WAA and the Young Marines. This includes collaborative volunteer efforts to provide opportunities for joint community service activities that raise awareness of both groups’ missions across the country, and regular interviews on Wreaths Across America Radio. Interviews will highlight the young participants’ academic achievement, community service, good citizenship and other qualities.
“As a program whose primary mission is to teach the next generation the value of freedom, supporting and working with leadership groups like the Young Marines is critical to the future of this country,” said Karen Worcester, Executive Director, WAA. “These children not only learn what it means to be a productive member of society, they learn that anyone can find a way to serve their community and what it really means to be an American.”
“The Memorandum of Understanding reinforces both organizations’ commitments to citizenship, leadership and commemoration of our nation’s veterans,” said Col. William P. Davis USMC (Retd), National Executive Director and CEO of the Youngs. Marines. “We were especially proud to host the signing at the Young Marines Leadership Conference which was attended by hundreds of volunteers. Young Marines and the WAA are true partners who have like-minded values.”
Founded in 2007 and based in Columbia Falls, Maine, WAA is best known for its annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and now at more than 3,100 participating locations nationwide. The organization’s year-round efforts support its mission to Remember our fallen American veterans, Honor those who served, and Learn the next generation the value of freedom.
The Young Marines has more than 238 units, including thousands of young members, most of whom have been laying veterans’ wreaths around the country for many years. The Memorandum of Understanding will only heighten the awareness of this task of respect and honor.
The Young Marines is an education and service program for young boys and girls, ages eight through high school graduation. The Young Marines promote the mental, moral and physical development of its members and focus on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so that its members can live and promote a healthy lifestyle and drug free.
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 begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – to Remember, Honor and Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating December wreath-laying ceremonies in Arlington, as well as thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and cemeteries. other locations in all 50 states and beyond. .
For more information or to sponsor a wreath, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. For downloadable media resources, please visit learn.wreathsacrossameriac.org/mediaresources.
About Young Marines
The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls ages eight through high school graduation. The Young Marines encourage the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork, and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
From the humble beginnings of the Young Marines in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to more than 238 units with 6,100 youth and 2,100 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Colombia, Japanand subsidiaries in many other countries.
For more information, visit the official website at: https://youngmarines.org.
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