Wreaths Across America Guest Blog
By George Vukovich
An ordinary wreath is transformed into a powerful symbol when it is leaning against the headstone of a fallen member of our military. The simple greenery becomes majestic, the red bow a bright beacon of hope and remembrance during the holiday season.
More than 1 million wreaths will be placed on the graves of the fallen on Saturday, December 17, 2016, when hundreds of thousands of volunteers gather on National Wreaths Across America Day at more than 1,000 participating cemeteries across the country. Volunteers participate in wreath-laying ceremonies to remember those who have given their lives, to honor those who serve and to teach younger generations about the value of their freedoms.
American Military University, with our strong military heritage, has proudly supported Wreaths Across America since 2011 and has again donated 1,000 wreaths for Arlington National Cemetery this year.
We were founded as American Military University (AMU) 25 years ago to educate those who serve. Our founder, a retired Marine Corps officer, envisioned an innovative way to offer quality and affordable education to our U.S. Armed Forces. We've since grown to serve a diverse population of military, public service and corporate professionals.
More Than 1000 Volunteers Will Come Together Again Next Month
In 2015, more than 1,000 members of the AMU community volunteered on Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery and 21 other locations nationwide. This December, our community will come together once again to support this important event at more than 30 locations.
Wreaths Across America Day is an emotional event for everyone, but especially for anyone who has served in the Armed Forces. The families of the fallen receive peace of mind knowing that in this one small expression of gratitude from others, their loved ones have not been forgotten.
Join volunteers across the country in laying wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers on December 17. When you do, please take a moment to read the name on the headstone and remember it is an honor to offer gratitude and feel that connection. It is an experience you will not soon forget.
"With NFI managing the logistics, the sky is the limit. They will help make the entire operation more efficient,” said Debbie Sparks, Director Corporate Development and Community Relations, Wreaths Across America.
Luann started her volunteer efforts with Wreaths Across America in 2015 after hearing about it from a friend who was participating with her DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) group. She's working to sponsor wreaths to cover all of the known heroes laid to rest at Oaklawn.
"I always choose our drivers who are military veterans for these loads and they are proud and honored to have the opportunity to recognize our fallen heroes and their families."
In referencing the Wreaths Across America Stem to Stone Remembrance Tree program Roger spoke to the value and necessity of "planting seeds of patriotism" in younger generations.
Monica explains Maverick has a tremendous amount of pride hauling America's respect and not only do they assign the wreath loads to their drivers who are veterans but those drivers are some of the industry's best.
The September edition of the Military Musicians Showcase goes out to jazz lovers!
As Aaron Van Beek, Location Coordinator for Sioux Center, Iowa placed Chris Kyle's tag in Maine the announcement was made that the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and Wreaths Across America have agreed to collaborate with the support of their respective programs.
Helen told us about her brother, Ralph H. Johnson, who received the Medal of Honor posthumously following his heroic actions in Vietnam in 1968.
Yes. At Wreaths Across America, we've heard about the "Walmart Heart," and we're honored to be welcoming a group next month that has decided to combine their charity effort with their patriotism and respect.
Brandon says last year spending time at Arlington National Cemetery on National Wreaths Across America Day with fellow employees of Cowan Systems, Inc. was an educational and humbling experience.
"It's been a dream of mine to go back to Arlington with my Mom to be a part of National Wreaths Across America Day to place remembrance wreaths on my grandparents' graves."
According to Gretchen CFI went above and beyond two years ago when they helped make her dream come true.
"When we did that project we had one hundred and thirty-five of our employees at that time who had served in the military and that's a big percentage of employees for one company. We think that it's important to recognize their service."