Asking Our Supporters To Help Us Share The Following Note
While the numbers are up overall across our 900+ participating locations, the number of wreaths sponsored for Arlington is down. We know a lot of folks who volunteer at Arlington probably do not realize this – it has been more wreaths each year (120,000 in 2012) and we wanted to get this information in the hands of the people who care most about this annual tradition of placing the wreaths.
Here’s how you can help. Please share the following note by email or with your friends and coworkers. Wreaths Across America was formed in response to a viral email that was sent back in 2005. Perhaps we can do it again – together we can rally support for wreaths that will be placed at Arlington this December 14th on National Wreaths Across America Day.
Special Note: if you are looking to support any of our other participating locations, you can find a complete list and fundraising pages here.
Copy and share the following:
This week I learned something surprising, and I wanted to bring it to your attention.
The numbers for Wreaths Across America (wreaths to be placed on veterans headstones) are up 18% overall this year for the 900 participating locations, but I was shocked to learn that the numbers are way down for Arlington National Cemetery.
While the patriotism of honoring our veterans and their families is alive and strong all around the country, it seems people are focused on honoring veterans locally and have forgotten that veterans from every state are buried on those hallowed grounds at Arlington.
Specifically, the numbers are 30,000 wreaths lower at this time of year compared to what it was a year ago. And if this trend continues, on National Wreaths Across America Day we are going to have volunteers but not enough wreaths to go around, which will be a great disappointment for a lot of people.
I want to make sure everyone has a chance to experience that solemn moment of tribute and appreciation that has come to mean so much, to so many people. We don’t want to discourage people from coming to volunteer, but I am asking for your help in getting the word out so more people will sponsor a wreath.
- Every $15 places 1 wreath on a veterans headstone
- $60 is a family sponsorship of 4 wreaths
- A company or corporation could do $150, $1500, or more
http://wreathsacrossamerica.org (click Sponsor A Wreath in the upper right)
Many people ask us – why wreaths during the holidays when there are so many living veterans with needs. We agree with doing everything we can to support our veterans who sacrifice so much – but visit our blog or Facebook page and you will see how much this program means to our Gold Star families and the many families of veterans who have passed, and just want to know all those sacrifices and lost holidays were not in vain.
Please help me share this message in whatever way you think we can do the most good. 2014 is the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery and our goal is to place a wreath and honor every veteran buried there. But to do that we need to get the word out, get more people involved, and make the gift of remembrance an annual tradition.