From Stem to Stone the Fresh Balsam Fir Symbolizes Life and Eternity


Professional Driver and Gold Star Dad Mike Stansbery tagged his family tree on the tip land in Columbia Falls, Maine before transporting a load of wreaths for Wreaths Across America Day 2015. Tips from this tree will be harvested to make a Veterans Remembrance Wreath.

Professional Driver and Gold Star Dad Mike Stansbery tagged his family tree on the tip land in Columbia Falls, Maine before transporting a load of wreaths for Wreaths Across America Day 2015. Tips from this tree will be harvested to make a Veterans Remembrance Wreath.

Evergreens. Always green and fresh even in the midst of a cold, harsh winter, and a symbol of life and resiliency when all else is dormant.

The Balsam Fir trees in Maine grow straight and strong even against the harshest elements Mother Nature can bring to bear against them. Rugged, yet flexible like the men and women who have served in our armed forces, and sacrificed everything in service to our nation.

Thousands of acres of balsam fir trees are currently in production, and their tips will become veterans remembrance wreaths destined for the headstones of our fallen in Arlington National Cemetery and over eleven hundred participating cemeteries throughout the nation.

Thousands of volunteers are rallying now nationwide to be sure that no one is forgotten on National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

We come together to remember the men and women who died, honor those who currently serve, and teach our children what it means to sacrifice in the name of freedom.

Wreaths Across America will host special guests on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 for a Veterans Remembrance Tree Tagging event, tours of the tip land and Wreaths Across America Museum in Columbia Falls, Maine.

The tree-tagging event is an opportunity to select a balsam fir tree on the tip land to tag with replica dog tags produced by Wreaths Across America upon request. Every three years that tree will be "tipped" or pruned to gather balsam brush that makes up the ten bouquets that make a veterans remembrance wreath. It's a living tribute of fresh evergreen in perpetuity for the family of our fallen.

This historic day of honor and tribute will culminate with a concert at Balsam Valley Amphitheater, sponsored in part by Wreaths Across America.

Concert headliner is Darryl Worley with opening performances by the Six String Soldiers and Don Campbell. All active duty military and veterans get free admission to all Balsam Valley Amphitheater concerts.

Do you know what each fresh balsam fir tip bouquet on a veterans remembrance wreath symbolizes?

Wreaths Across America Founder Morrill Worcester tells you the story in this video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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