"Tell me, and I forget, teach me, and I may remember, involve me, and I learn"~ Benjamin Franklin

A mission objective of Wreaths Across America is to teach younger generations about the courage and personal sacrifice that sustain our liberties and freedom. In doing so, they learn the value of compassion, respect, duty and honor.

Each year, Wreaths Across America recognizes the commitment and achievement of dedicated volunteers who exemplify these values in their words and deeds as they work to remember fallen military heroes in their hometowns and honor those who currently serve while supporting their families.

During a ceremony hosted earlier this year by the United States Patent and Trademark Office Military Association (UMA) there were special recognitions and the 2017 Learn Award was presented to Ella Shelton of Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

You can see her acceptance speech in this short video.

At 12 years old, Ella is proving herself to be an exceptional student, athlete, and patriot. In addition to the WAA Learn Award, Ella has earned the President's Award for Academic Achievement, her regional Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw competition and recognition from the American Legion.

Ella's aunt she refers to in the video is Cari Baylor, President of Baylor Trucking. Cari's father Bob Baylor, Ella's grandfather, was the first recipient of the Wreaths Across America's James Prout Spirit of Giving award.

Ella is seen here in 2014 after accepting the inaugural Wreaths Across America/James Prout Spirit of Giving Award on behalf of her grandfather, Bob Baylor. He passed in 2015 and Ella continues to honor his memory.

Ella is seen here in 2014 after accepting the inaugural Wreaths Across America/James Prout Spirit of Giving Award on behalf of her grandfather, Bob Baylor. He passed in 2015 and Ella continues to honor his memory.

"She loved Wreaths Across America as soon as she got involved as a younger child," shares Cari. "In the years before there were enough sponsored wreaths to cover all of Arlington National Cemetery she held onto a wreath and insisted we walk the great distance from where our truck was staged to the newer section of Arlington where her Grandfather's friend was buried to be sure he was remembered. She truly gets the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach and how important it is to our families but most importantly the families of those who have served."

Thank you, Ella Shelton, for showing such pride and patriotism as you go about honoring the men and women of our armed forces, and for taking the time to teach others the value of community service.

 

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