Planning is underway for the 2016 Wreaths Across America Escort to Arlington National Cemetery in December, and there are a few spaces left on our VIP bus for Gold Star/Blue Star families, veterans, and guests. It's not an event, rather an experience that's life-changing.
The journey begins in Washington County, Maine where the fresh balsam fir remembrance wreaths are produced and packed for trucking throughout the nation for National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 17th.
The convoy involves law enforcement personnel, Patriot Guard Riders, other escort vehicles, the Grand Marshal (2016 Grand Marshal to be announced soon!), Chevy-wrapped Wreaths Across America vehicles, and twelve tractor trailers filled with wreaths.
If you would like to be considered as a participating guest, you'll need to plan for the adventure to last a week. To endure the long days and evenings that include multiple visits at schools and other community locations planned along the escort route, participants must be ambulatory, not require special assistance, or have other physical limitations. Convoy participants are responsible for paying for their hotel accommodations each evening. The convoy travels from Maine to Virginia. Meals are provided by extraordinary volunteers and service club members who participate at each of our educational stops and ceremonies. Where food is not provided, participants must pay for their own meals.
Inspirational, heart-warming, patriotic, reaffirming, and educational are all words used to describe the events during the trip as Wreaths Across America carries out its mission to remember, honor, and teach along the way.
If you would like to take part in this empowering journey to remember, honor, and teach, please email:firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Seats on the VIP bus are limited.
Guided by an infrangible faith when the supply of lifejackets ran out they gave up their own to save the lives of others.
"I went up to that hill and looked at all of those graves of my colleagues who have gone before me.
Volunteers planning to assist in removing wreaths are asked to attend a short briefing at the McClellan Gate at 8:30 a.m. and to follow these guidelines.
As witnessed through this video, the volunteer commitment of patriotic citizens is a year-round effort that culminates in a remarkable day of unity, friendship, and healing.
Some give the ultimate sacrifice of a loved one and are often left in sorrow to wonder if other citizens remember or appreciate what they gave up for liberty and justice for all.
Wreaths Across America knows some of the finest musicians out there are members of our military performance groups. Each month, we like to feature the musical works of those talented individuals.
Each live, balsam remembrance wreath is a gift of respect and appreciation, donated by a private citizen or organization and placed on the graves by volunteers as a small gesture of gratitude for the freedoms Americans enjoy.
In just a few days, Paulette and her fellow Troop Greeters will welcome veterans, Gold Star families, and other traveling dignitaries who are part of the Annual Wreath Escort to Arlington National Cemetery.
Grand Marshals – Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient, Colonel Roger Donlon, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired) and his wife, Norma, a Vietnam-era Gold Star wife – will lead the caravan as it travels down the East Coast stopping at schools, memorials, and other locations along the way.
Driver Pat Wortham is an independent contractor for Dart Transit and a member of the Wreaths Across America honor fleet. He also has a rich history of military service in his family.