21-Day Salute – Day 17

North Carolina’s Ambassador to Arlington


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 2010, Jennifer Adcock thought participating in WAA would be a good learning experience for her then 12-year- old son, Jordan. It was also an opportunity to do something very special, together. In her second year as North Carolina’s Ambassador to Arlington, she has traveled from Charlotte to Havelock, setting up WAA fundraising booths at various events and festivals.

Jennifer says, “What began as a special experience for Jordan and I has become so much more than I could have ever imagined. People have often asked me if I know anyone buried in Arlington. I used to say no, but now I say yes. I feel close to each and every person buried there.” She credits the organization for the opportunity to meet and become friends with people who have forever changed her life.

Each piece of the WAA mission is of equal importance. To remember the fallen and to make sure the families left behind know their loved one is not forgotten. To honor those currently serving so they know their service and sacrifice for our country is appreciated. To teach our children that freedom is not free, and the importance of respecting our military, past, present and future.

“When you have a veteran say thank you or a Gold Star Mother hugs you, there’s no doubt. You know what you are doing is right.” Jennifer says she will continue to work hard and do whatever is necessary to spread WAA’s message and hopes that one-day the goal of covering all of Arlington will come to fruition, making sure no one is forgotten.

Tomorrow we will salute Beth Stiff, WAA’s Ambassador for Illinois. Wreaths Across America appreciates the work of our Arlington Ambassadors. With the help of the following individuals, we are closer to honoring all veterans at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lisa Berry, AL; Laura Vawter, Calif.; Deb Lecompte, CT; Patricia Pleva, DE; Erik Owens, GA; Beth Stiff, IL; Gail Siler, KY; Robert Trembly, MA; Dawn Denell, MD; Kevin Woodward, ME; Jill Stephenson, MN; Scott Grimwood, MO; Nutashia Hall, MS; Jennifer Adcock, NC; Stacy Buono, NJ; Brenda Hayes, NY; Veronica Mora, OH; Nancy Lendyak, PA; Linda Avery, TX; Lori Prendergast, VA; Jamar Williams, WA.

To speak with Jennifer directly or to learn more about Wreaths Across America and how to donate, please contact:

Amber Caron
(207) 513-6457

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