Holocaust Survivor Supports Wreaths Across America's TEACH Curriculum

Much has been said about the importance of preserving our history. It’s suggested that “studying history enhances critical thinking, analytical skills, and the ability to interpret complex information.”

Here are just a few quotes to illustrate the point:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana

“History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.” - Lord Acton

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future. - Theodore Roosevelt

As a cornerstone of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember and honor, we’re committed to TEACH. Teach the next generation the value of freedom.

Just two years ago, Wreaths Across America launched a new TEACH initiative with the unveiling of a standards-based, comprehensive K-12 curriculum designed to develop character and respect while fostering enthusiasm for community service.

Partnering with like-minded organizations and corporate donors, Wreaths Across America provides free lesson plans for educators on a variety of topics. These grade-appropriate lesson plans are created by lifelong educator and America Gold Star Mother, Cindy Tatum. They are receiving rave reviews from educators.

From our TEACH page, we also provide access to the many lesson plans provided by our TEACH partners.

New lesson plans are now available for educators in time for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2024.

As part of the annual Wreath Escort to Arlington National Cemetery, escort participants stop for a ceremony held at the base of the Liberation Monument located in Liberty Park, New Jersey. The sculpture completes a visual triangle with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. It was erected in 1985 and symbolized the liberation of the Jews from the Nazi concentration camps during World War II by Allied soldiers. The sculptor, Natan Rappoport, now deceased, was a Holocaust survivor. The Co-Chair of the committee established to unveil and dedicate the monument was herself a survivor of the Holocaust, Luna Kaufman.

Today, Luna is 97 years old and continues to guide Wreaths Across America in our understanding and presentation of the history and facts surrounding the monument and the Holocaust. She continues to live with purpose as a robust advocate for tolerance and peace.

As we approach International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, the anniversary date of the liberation of just one of the infamous camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau, we encourage you to check out the free, downloadable lesson plans.

Stay tuned to Wreaths Across America Radio and our social media platforms as we’ll share more of Luna’s story with you as we remember, honor and teach.