September 25, 2022

Wreaths Across America Proudly Announces 2022 Remember, Honor, Teach, and Learn Award Winners

National Awards Program Recognizes Exceptional Efforts to Honor Veterans and Their Families

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine, August 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The mission of Wreaths Across America (WAA) is to Remember those who have fallen Honor those who serve and their families, and Learn the next generation the value of freedom. Although the organization is best known for laying veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of our dead each December on Wreaths Day across America (December 17e this year), the WAA mission is year-round and supported by the efforts of thousands of dedicated local volunteers across the country.

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The mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember the dead, honor those who serve and their families, and teach the next generation the value of freedom. Although the organization is best known for laying veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of our dead each December on Wreaths Across America Day (December 17 of this year), the mission is all year and supported by the efforts of thousands of dedicated local volunteers across the country. .

Remember the dead, honor those who serve and their families, and teach the next generation the value of freedom.

Each year, the WAA recognizes truly exceptional individuals with its National Award Remember, honor, teach and Learn price. Each winner is chosen from recommendations from our volunteer base and staff, culminating in a thorough review process by the WAA leadership team. Other awards include the Jim Prout Award for the Spirit of Giving which is chosen by the WAA logistics team based on recommendations from professional truck drivers, volunteers and staff, and the Founder’s Award which is an honor bestowed by the founder of the organization, Morrill Worcester, for appreciation of outstanding contributions in the effort to honor our nation’s veterans. These two additional prizes will be awarded later this year.

On Saturday August 6eas part of its annual Stem to Stone event, WAA recognized this year Remember, honor, teach and Apprenticeship price recipients.

And the winners are:

Prices REMEMBER: Given to an individual or group that remembers the dead and their sacrifice in a way that goes beyond. This year’s recipient is Richard “Richie” Poirier from Maine.

Corporal (retired) Poirier of Bravo Company 2n/a 34e The United States Army Mechanical Infantry Division served its country between 1983 and 1985. Following the events of 9/11, Poirier transitioned into a community service role, helping raise funds for people in need, coordinating blood drives and serving as the local fire chief to Maine. In 2015, his most satisfying community project was building a showcase for a piece of steel originally from the twin towers of New York for the Wreaths Across America museum. Recently, Poirier helped complete renovations to the recently completed Gold Star Family History and Hospitality House, located adjacent to Wreaths Across America’s headquarters. This 1800s home features period pieces that honor many eras of American service, bravery, and sacrifice.

HONOR Award: Given annually to an individual or group who HONORS those who serve and their families in a way that supports the Wreaths Across America mission. This year’s recipient is Cyndi Valencia of Illinois.

As a proud descendant of Revolutionary War patriots, Cyndi has made it her personal mission to honor our current and past veterans. For more than two decades, she has volunteered for many causes, including the Operation Care program, the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Support Team and Committee, Grateful Nation Remembers, Daughters of the American Revolution, Illinois Children of the American Revolution, Honor Flight Chicago and many more over the years.

TEACH Award: Awarded annually to a person or group who has made a significant contribution to TEACHING the next generation about the remembrance and honor of those who serve in our country’s military. This year’s recipient is Cindy Tatum of Tennessee.

Cindy Tatum became a gold star mother on December 24, 2007when his son, Cpl. Daniel Lee TatumUSMC, which had served two deployments in Iraq, was killed outside Camp Pendleton in a car/train collision. About two years later, Cindy knew she had to “do” something to help keep the memory of her son’s service alive. In 2009, Cindy joined American Gold Star Mothers in her home state of TN. Cindy served on the AGSM National Executive Board from 2013-2021 and served as National President from 2020-2021. She retired as an educator at May 2020after spending 26 years as a professor of government and economics at a high school in Milan.

Cindy was thrilled when she was approached by Wreaths Across America and asked to help develop a program for the Teach component of the Mission. The programs she has developed for teachers in their classrooms, from kindergarten through high school, can be viewed at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/teach. Cindy lives Milano, Tennessee, with husband of 39 years Andy and service dog Linus. They have two adult children and four wonderful grandchildren.

Price LEARN: Given semi-annually to a young person who has LEARNED and understands the mission of Wreaths Across America and integrates it into their young life. This year’s recipient is 11 years old Trevor Geer of Maryland.

Despite the challenges associated with pandemic concerns, in recent years Trevor Geer found a way to overcome these obstacles and still manages to honor more than 500 fallen military personnel buried in four cities along the Chesapeake Bay. He attended his first wreath laying ceremony at the East Coast Veterans Cemetery when he was six years old. Trevor remembers being upset that a headstone didn’t have a veteran’s wreath to honor the interred. He said: “The people who fought for us are what made the country what it is today, and they deserve a crown.

This year, National Wreaths Across America Day will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2022. It is a free event, open to all. Click here to find a participating local cemetery near you to help you go and type in your city and/or state. For more information or to find a participating cemetery near you, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

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 accomplished in part each year by coordinating December wreath-laying ceremonies in Arlington, as well as thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations around the 50 States and beyond.

For more information or to sponsor a wreath, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

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Visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org to learn more about how you can be part of the year-long mission to remember, honor and teach.  (PRNewsfoto/Crowns Across America)

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