If you have ever visited Maine in the fall of the year, you know the colorful foliage is unsurpassed in beauty. A consistent evergreen emerges from the vibrant red and yellow canopy. That evergreen is the rugged balsam fir trees in Downeast Maine that will soon give some of their limbs during the tipping process to pay tribute to our fallen in the form of veterans remembrance wreaths.
Many of these balsam fir trees have been selected and tagged as family remembrance trees as part of the Wreaths Across America Stem to Stone Tree Tagging program and our second annual "Hero Hay Ride" is coming right up!
Saturday, October 15, 2016, you can tour the WAA Museum in Columbia Falls, tip land memorials, and "tag" a family tree with your hero's replica dog tags. Tips from these special trees are made into veterans remembrance wreaths you sponsor to be placed across the nation on the headstones of our fallen in December.
"They Stood to Serve. We Stand to Support."
To RSVP for the Hero Hay Ride, please contact Lil at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207)-618-5321.
To request a dog tag for the event, please fill out this form by Friday, October 14, 2016.
Bill admits he too was "hooked" on the effort to remember, honor, and teach as soon as he saw a fresh, hand-made remembrance wreath laying against the headstone of a fallen hero over the holidays.
Peter stands 16.3 hands tall and was selected as a Caisson Platoon horse because of his color, size, focus, and behavior. Those who met Peter at his Open House on St. Patrick's Day were amazed at his size and docile temperament with one woman referring to him as a "gentle giant."
"It doesn't all happen in Arlington. It's all across the country, and perhaps you could start your involvement in your hometown and involve your family so people can see just how important trucking is to the mission.
"It makes these drivers feel good about themselves, it makes them feel good about their companies, it makes them feel good about their country and being Americans. They're so proud and when you've got all those things working in the same direction that's a win-win for everybody."
"I've seen the pictures of course," Don explains. "It's just not the same to see every-day people not affiliated with Wreaths Across America in any other way would take the effort to buy a fresh flag and stand outside of their home or office in the freezing drizzle and show their pride as an American as we drove through was heart-warming."
Indeed it was the joyous voices of children singing on a snowy morning in December last year at Kennebunk High School during the Annual Wreath Escort to Arlington National Cemetery that gave rise to the 2017 Wreaths Across America theme, "I'm an American."
Placing fresh, hand-made balsam remembrance wreaths on the headstones of veterans across the country in December requires tremendous logistics and unyielding support from the trucking industry.
Wreaths Across America shows its gratitude and appreciation for all those involved in transporting America's respect with "Trucking Tributes." These stories will introduce you to the men and women of the industry who make our mission possible like Steven Meyer and Arpin Van Lines.
"Wreaths Across America has been a part of my life that has assisted in my healing from the loss of my oldest son," Diana explains. "It allows me to "give back" in his memory and service." Read more about Diana's volunteer service in Kansas and how you can get involved too in our mission to remember, honor, and teach.
"All Michael ever wanted to do is join the military and serve the country," explains Gold Star Dad and professional driver Mike Stansbery. Michael Jr. was killed in Iraq in 2010. In this video, you can see how the Stansbery's have been able to honor Michael from Stem to Stone.
"When the ship was opened up by a German U-Boat torpedo it began to take on water and sink. Witnesses report that through the pandemonium four Army Chaplains brought hope in despair and light in darkness." Read about WAA's tree dedication to the Four Chaplains here.