21 Day Salute – Day 19

Wreaths Across Canada: A Tradition is Born


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.

Wreaths Across Canada Inc. is a non-profit organization started in 2007 by Craig McPhee, a veteran of the Canadian Forces. Every November 11th, Canadians gather across the country to remember and honor their fallen heroes. There are also more than 225,000 men and women who have served in Canada’s military over the years, ensuring and maintaining their hard won freedom.

“Some years ago, I got to see pictures of what had been done by Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery to remember all the American servicemen and servicewomen buried there,” said Craig. After speaking with Morrill Worcester, Craig’s passion grew. He was so taken with this concept that his goal became to create Wreaths Across Canada, ensuring that this could be done for all Canadians who had served, many of whom are buried at the National Military Cemetery as well as many other cemeteries across Canada.

The organization’s mission mirrors that of WAA, using this time to Remember, Honor and Teach. On Sunday, December 2nd, 2012, Canadians will gather once again to honor all those military persons, soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen who served Canada and are buried at the National Military Cemetery.

To learn more about Wreaths Across Canada, please visit: www.wreathsacrosscanada.ca

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