Wreaths Across America Receives Sponsorship from Altria to Honor Veterans
Company to Sponsor Wreaths for All Veterans Laid to Rest in Section 70 at Our Nation’s Cemetery
COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — Nov. 20, 2014 — Wreaths Across America™ (WAA) today announces the commitment from Altria Group (Altria) to help honor veterans at Arlington National Cemetery this December 13th. Altria has pledged to sponsor wreaths for all of Section 70 at our nation’s cemetery, an area that includes approximately 2,167 headstones.
Last year, WAA was only able to place wreaths on the graves of 143,000 of the 230,000 markers at Arlington. This meant that some 87,000 other veterans buried there were not honored with a wreath. WAA hopes that Altria’s generous donation will be the catalyst to inspire other corporations to support its goal to cover all 230,000 markers this December — remembering each individual who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today.
“Every year we’ve come closer and closer to our goal of placing a wreath on every single marker at Arlington,” said Wayne Hanson, WAA chairman. “Each section of Arlington contains hundreds, if not thousands, of headstones each stone with its own story. It is our hope that the generous gift Altria has made will encourage others to follow suit.”
“Altria and its companies have a long history of supporting members of our military, veterans and their families,” said Todd Walker, vice president, Federal Government Affairs, Altria Client Services. “We are proud to support Wreaths Across America, and we encourage others to join us in remembering and honoring all the veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect the freedoms we all enjoy.”
Mr. Hanson added, “We are so appreciative of our corporate sponsors who support our mission. It is these gifts, along with the thousands of grateful Americans across the country sponsoring one wreath at a time for $15, that enable us to carry out our mission to Remember, Honor, Teach.”
This year marks the historic cemetery’s 150th anniversary and WAA’s 23rd year placing wreaths there. This year, an estimated total of 700,000 wreaths will be placed across the country and overseas at more than 1,000 locations on National Wreaths Across America Day — Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.