For years, American Gold Star Mothers has played a crucial support role for thousands of families across this country,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of WAA. “This official partnership is truly an honor for me, and I’m eager to start our work together. Our combined efforts will no doubt help to shape and inform the next generation of patriots."
One site recently dedicated is for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and trees in that section of the tip land can be selected and tagged for officers who have been killed in the line of duty or who died while serving.
The annual escort to Arlington National Cemetery to honor our fallen is a life-changing experience filled with patriotism, pride, and heartfelt gratitude. The window of opportunity to participate in the journey is closing fast!
"Throughout my recovery, I have had amazing experiences I can't explain that have helped me realize with each of my losses I have grown stronger and empowered," Smith said. "It's like the balsam fir tree that has some of its limbs removed in the tipping process to make remembrance wreaths. The tree isn't destroyed in the pruning process; it manages to thrive, flourish, and give back."
"I got to tell Tanner's story and to share that for Patti meant more to me than the whole time I've done these ceremonies. At that point, I really and truly understood the importance of the ceremony for a family who has lost someone. Our children need to be taught to understand what these families have given up."
Many of these balsam fir trees have been selected and tagged as family remembrance trees as part of the Wreaths Across America Stem to Stone Tree Tagging program and our second annual "Hero Hay Ride" is coming right up!
Taya spoke about the "beauty through the ashes" her faith has allowed her to see despite her painful loss. She shared her gratitude for the love and support given to her and her children. Here are some video highlights from her presentation explaining how Wreaths Across America exemplifies the "ripple effect of kindness."
This story is about two men and a medal of distinction; Wreaths Across America Founder Morrill Worcester and the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Medal.
"I don't know if anybody can truly describe in words what it feels like to lay your first wreath," Judy explains of her commitment to the mission. "There's nothing that will change your heart more quickly than laying your first wreath whether it's for your loved one or someone who you simply say thank you for your service to because once you lay that first wreath you're hooked, and you cannot do this without it changing your heart."
The Mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember our fallen, honor those who serve, and teach younger generations the value of freedom. Those freedoms were attacked on September 11, 2001, and the images of the destruction in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania are forever seared into our memories.