"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten"~Kipling
Since our earliest days, scribes have painstakingly preserved the actions, proclamations, and discoveries of humankind in the hope of providing some semblance of record from which future generations could learn and gain insight.
It seems every veteran we have the pleasure of meeting enforces the importance of that documentation and gives the same thoughtful and cautionary advice that shapes the foundation of our mission to remember, honor, and teach. That advice is never to forget our history and to share that knowledge with younger generations, so they understand the sacrifices made to protect our values and freedoms.
At Wreaths Across America, we know every stone tells a story, and some of those stories will come to life on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 17, 2016, as we Say Their Names.
We encourage your involvement in our Inaugural Living History Project, and we're signing up volunteers to dress in period attire from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2016. You will need to provide your authentic attire and will be assigned to a particular location within or around Arlington National Cemetery. The Living History Project is a perfect opportunity for historical reenactment groups or organizations to get involved in the Wreaths Across America mission.
While “on-duty” you will greet the volunteers distributing wreaths and other visitors with a silent acknowledgment (salute, nod, bow or curtsy). If engaged by visitors, you’ll be free to explain your portrayal and encourage them to learn more about the people and places who contributed to our nation's history.
You will be making history with the inauguration of Wreaths Across America’s Living History Project and your contribution will immeasurably enhance a memorable event for all who attend.
***(Security requirements strictly prohibit the use of any weapons (actual, imitation, replica, handmade, 3D, etc. ) or flags as part of your period attire or exhibit)***
Volunteer signup is here. If you can't volunteer in Arlington but would still like to participate in our Living History Project, we may be able to place you in one of our other participating cemetery locations throughout the country.
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.
"I remember back then when we were told several times Vincent wouldn't make it through the night and I went to the chapel and said, 'God is there anything I can do to change your mind? He's our only son."
"One thing I will never forget is getting into Arlington and it was a cold, rainy day with freezing rain, and I remember looking around at all the empty headstones thinking to myself oh my God how are we going to do this."