21-Day Salute – Day 12

Soldier brings Wreaths Across America to Afghanistan base


Wreaths Across America (WAA) is enacting a 21-Day Salute, recognizing groups and individuals who exemplify the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. The organization has a goal to place a wreath at every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery, but they have a dream that people across the country will share the mission of WAA for generations.

In December 2011, MSgt. Bobbie Wimmer was serving his 7th and last deployment in the U.S. Army. While stationed at Camp Leather Neck in Afghanistan, Wimmer was unable to participate in the annual Wreaths
Across America Day as he had done as a professional driver for Walmart the previous two years. With the help of his superiors and the base chaplain, Wimmer brought Wreaths Across America to Afghanistan.
Surrounded by more than 150 of his fellow soldiers, fresh balsam wreaths delivered from Maine were placed in honor of all and a moment of silence was held for the men and women who would not make it home.

For Wimmer, who spent 39 years in the military, both active and as a reservist, the mission of Wreaths Across America resonates deeply. “If we don’t Remember our veterans, who will? If we don’t Honor them and their families, who will? And if we don’t Teach our children the cost of freedom, no one will,” he said.

Now, retired and home for good, MSgt. Wimmer will continue to support Wreaths Across America through his work as a truck driver, delivering wreaths to cemeteries across the country and sharing his message of thanks in honor of his fallen comrades.

To speak with MSgt. Wimmer directly and learn more about his participation in Wreath Across America, please contact:

Amber Caron
(207) 513-6457

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