Wreaths Across America exists to remember our fallen military heroes, honor those who currently serve and teach younger generations the value of freedom. As thousands of volunteers across the country join the mission, families still grieve the loss of loved ones who served and worry for those currently deployed.

Our volunteers tell us it's meaningful for them to give back by supporting families; to say thank you for your service to our nation and we'll never forget.

Family members say it's important for them to know their loved one is not forgotten.

"Supporting military families in your community can take on many different forms and it's important to remember they will rarely ask directly for help," explains Taya Kyle, author and executive director of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. "It's by nature and training that they're accustomed to serving others and don't want to be a burden."

For Wreaths Across America, support for military families comes in the form of a circular shaped, fresh, balsam fir remembrance wreath and Taya Kyle refers to National Wreaths Across America Day to illustrate her belief in the "ripple effect of kindness."

Taya was aware of WAA’s efforts because she had agreed to present the WAA Ceremonial Wreath at the Austin State Capitol for the Texas Funeral Directors Association’s 11th annual WAA event last December. Afterwards, WAA arranged for a private wreath placement by Taya and her children at Texas State Cemetery, where Chris is buried, along with 3,000 other veterans and prominent Texans.

The tribute to Chris Kyle and his family has come full circle with the selection of their family tree in Stem to Stone Section 17 on the balsam fir tip land where a replica dog tag honoring Chris now hangs. When that tree is "tipped" in the fall, balsam bouquets will go into a veterans' remembrance wreath to be placed by volunteers in December.

As Aaron Van Beek, Location Coordinator for Sioux Center, Iowa placed Chris Kyle's tag in Maine the announcement was made that the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and Wreaths Across America have agreed to collaborate with the support of their respective programs. What this relationship means is, that when a $15 wreath is sponsored for placement on a veteran grave, via CKFF $5 will be returned to CKFF.

In addition to Texas State Cemetery, wreaths may also be sponsored at over 1,200 WAA-participating locations, including Arlington National Cemetery, for placement on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

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