21-Day Salute – Day18

Wreaths Across America Salutes Illinois 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.

Beth Stiff, the WAA Ambassador to Arlington in Illinois, became involved with the organization in 2011. Her son currently serves with the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard stationed in Washington, D.C. The Ceremonial Guard serves as the funeral escort and conducts all services for Navy personnel buried in Arlington National Cemetery. As a result of her son’s role, and the amount of time he spends at Arlington, she became aware of Wreaths Across America’s effort to place a wreath at the headstones of every hero buried there. Becoming involved with WAA was a way to honor what her son is doing.

Beth’s son giving the salute, taken at a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. Beth says, “He is what keeps me involved with WAA. I’m proud beyond words of his role in honoring our fallen heroes.”

As a military wife and mom, Beth says “being involved with WAA is one of the ways I show honor in the choice made by my husband and son to serve our great country. The sacrifices made by our service members and their families have also touched my heart deeply. These families have become my family. It’s important to me to honor the sacrifices they make each and every day.”

The response from individuals as they make the decision to sponsor a wreath is what keeps her involved. Touched beyond words by the support, she recalls many times thinking people don’t know what sacrifices a military family makes, but her experience with WAA has shown her how deeply people care.

As the current Illinois Ambassador, she has set the goal of raising funds for 5,000 wreath sponsorships this year. Actively sharing WAA’s mission with anyone willing to listen, she looks forward to being at Arlington on December 15th as a volunteer to help place wreaths.

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

Amber Caron
(207) 513-6457

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