There's just something about the balsam fir tip land in Washington County, Maine that gently grabs hold of every one of your senses, forcing you to slow down and notice its peace and tranquility. In the rustle of the wind through the evergreens, you can hear a light tinkling of dog tags as they gently wave among the branches.
Those fresh balsam fir branches will be tipped and harvested in the fall, only a few months away now, and veterans remembrance wreaths will be produced for National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, December 17, 2016.
Friends and family of our fallen heroes and veterans gathered this summer for the Stem to Stone Tree Tagging Event and Rally at Balsam Valley. It was a day and evening filled with tributes, sharing memories, healing, camaraderie, and respect.
Wreaths Across America is gearing up for the 25th Anniversary of paying respect to our fallen by marking their headstones with the veterans remembrance wreaths, a symbol of eternity, courage and sacrifice. Friends and families who tag the balsam fir trees during our Stem to Stone events know their loved one is being remembered and honored when tips come from their family tree to make a wreath that will honor another service man or woman.
Do you know of a location where a veteran's grave should be acknowledged? Become one of our amazing volunteers so we can be assured no one's service to our nation is ever forgotten.