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.
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.
The holidays are traditionally celebrated with music so tune into WAA Radio throughout the holidays to hear musical Season's Greetings from some of the finest musicians in America!
"I was only 21 at the time, and we didn't know what we had come upon. The conditions were horrible, and there were all those people in striped pajamas."
"This contribution, like the one we made last year, will help provide an opportunity for professional drivers to transport wreaths across the United States.
Rhonda says she's experienced the "power of the wreath" watching people react to her daughter's presentations.
The telegram from the Department of War said that Albert and two other men had been shot down near Wollseifen, Germany, on Dec. 12, and that they had been missing since.
Yes! There's still time to sponsor a veterans' remembrance wreath in time for National Wreaths Across America Day.
"We were replacements," explained Charles. "My best friend Luke Moore and I went over together. He was a First scout, and I was a Second scout. We were taking a town when we were shot at by a sniper..."
Wreaths Across America is forever grateful for the thousands of volunteers who place veterans' remembrance wreaths on the headstones of our fallen as they say their names aloud every December. Remember, we are guests on the hallowed grounds of participating cemeteries and we ask that you honor their rules and regulations. If you're volunteering at Arlington this year, here's what you need to know.
Wreaths Across America announces open loads available as the Honor Fleet expands to transport America's Respect.