Wreaths Across America

On 14 December 2019, the Grand Strand Composite Squadron will be laying wreaths at will be helping North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's veterans.

The Grand Strand Composite Squadron ask that you please support us in the endeavor by sponsoring a wreath to be laid at the North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens.

What does it mean to sponsor a wreath? It means you’ll honor an American hero at one of more than 1,200 locations nationwide this year on Wreaths Across America Day. It’s a day that’s been set aside to lay wreaths at the places where we remember, honor and teach about our veterans: cemeteries, monuments, parks… Anywhere we can pay tribute to their sacrifices.

We can’t do that without your support, though. Your sponsorship will ensure that a wreath is hand-crafted of all-American balsam and hand-tied with a red velvet bow in Columbia Falls, Maine. It will then be sent to one of the many participating locations, where a volunteer will place it on the marker of a fallen hero. That volunteer will then “say their name” to ensure that the legacy of duty, service, and sacrifice of that veteran is never forgotten.

So, what does it mean to sponsor a wreath? It means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans.

To sponsor a wreath, please visit Wreaths Across America - Grand Strand Composite Squadron and click on "Sponsor". If you prefer to write a check please download the PDF available at the bottom of this page. There are four different types of sponsorship for you to choose from.

  • Sponsor Veterans' Wreath
  • Honor and Remember
  • Pairs: Give a Wreath and Get a Wreath
  • Show your Support

The deadline to sponsor a wreath is 03 December 2019.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Lt Col Speakmon by email, commander@grandstrandcivilairpatrol.org





Background & Facts

Who We Are

·      Wreaths Across AmericaTM (WAA) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992.

o   1992: First wreaths (5,000) donated by Morrill Worcester and Worcester Wreath Co.

o   2005: Iconic photo of wreaths in snow became a viral sensation

o   2007: Wreaths Across America formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

§  Organization governed by board of directors. Day-to-day operations managed by Executive Director Karen Worcester.

o   2012: 1 millionth wreath placed at Arlington National Cemetery

o   2014: For the first time, every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery received a wreath – 227,000 in total.

o   2016: 25th year that wreaths were placed at Arlington National Cemetery

·      WAA’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as at veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

·      Since its founding, the organization has expanded to include more than 1,500 local fundraising groups in all 50 states, representing more than 1,200 participating locations, along with our nation’s cemetery at Arlington.

·      Every year since 2008, Congress proclaims a date in December as National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, it will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.

 

2016 Numbers

·      1.2 million remembrance wreaths were placed in total across the country – 245,000 of them at Arlington National Cemetery.

·      Close to a million volunteers participated at 1,228 locations nationwide, with more than 44,000 volunteers laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.

·      More than 400 truckloads of wreaths were delivered across the country by hundreds of volunteer professional truck drivers.

 

What We Do
REMEMBER

·      WAA’s annual pilgrimage from Columbia Falls, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery has become known as the world’s largest veterans’ parade, stopping at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to Remember, Honor and Teach.

·      Special memorials are held at Pearl Harbor, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, one of the four 9/11 tragedy locations.

·      The HART Ceremony (Honoring Allies and Remembering Together) is conducted each year to honor veterans of our nation’s allies in ceremonies on international border-crossing bridges between Calais, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada; Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario, Canada; and Sweetwater, Montana and the Alaskan/Canadian border.

·      WAA hosts statehouse ceremonies in nearly all 50 states.

 

HONOR

·      WAA conducts several programs to honor our veterans, including our popular Thanks-A-Million campaign, which distributes free thank-you cards to people all over the country to share with veterans as a simple thank-you for their service.

·      The organization participates in veterans’ events throughout the year as well as public outreach through Veterans Day and Memorial Day programs, public service announcements, press coverage and the WAA website. WAA has a veteran liaison on staff to work with local veterans’ organizations.

 

TEACH

·      WAA is committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed so much to protect those freedoms. We offer learning tools, interactive media projects and opportunities for schools, 4-H clubs, Scouts and other youth groups to participate in our efforts.

·      A downloadable curriculum and books are available to help schoolchildren appreciate the roles our veterans played in preserving their freedoms. These materials are designed to encourage the direct involvement of local veterans.

 

Why do you do what you do?

We understand we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedoms.

 

In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We hope you will join us at any of our more than 1,200 participating locations to show our veterans and their families that we will not forget. We will never forget.

 

Why does WAA make so many stops on its way to deliver the wreaths to Arlington?

In 2006, it was decided that instead of a quick trip to Arlington, the Patriot Guard Riders would escort the wreath trucks down the East Coast and take several days to make the trip. This would allow stops at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities and give the group an opportunity to promote its mission: Remember, Honor, Teach.

Why do you use live wreaths?

Wreaths Across America does not “decorate” headstones. We are honoring all veterans and active military members by placing live wreaths on the headstones of veterans. The fresh evergreens have been used for centuries as a symbol recognizing honor and as a living tribute renewed annually. We want people to see the tradition as a living memorial to veterans and their families.

 

What are the sources of funding for WAA?

We receive no government funding. National Wreaths Across America Day and other events are made possible by thousands of volunteers who organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponsor wreaths and participate in the events. Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Co. – the founder of WAA – continues to be a major donor of wreaths each year, but the majority of the cost for the program is paid for by individual wreath sponsors, corporate donors and volunteer truck drivers and companies.

 

Does WAA have a religious or political affiliation?

Wreaths Across America is not affiliated with any religion or political party. It is our mission to remember and honor every fallen military service member during the holiday season, no matter what is happening in the nation or overseas.

 

How can I get involved?

There are a number of ways for volunteers to get involved. Please keep in mind that there is NO COST to attend or participate in a Wreaths Across America event.

 

·         National Wreaths Across America Day

·         Escort of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery (or any of the other locations featuring wreath escorts)

·         Statehouse ceremony – in nearly all 50 states and at our nation’s capital

·         HART ceremony (Honoring Allies and Remembering Together)

·         “Thanks-A-Million” card program to thank our veterans and active military members

·         WAA education program – work with our downloadable materials in your local schools

 

You can also volunteer to have another location in your state participate in the national remembrance ceremony or you can start or work with a local group to raise funds for the wreaths for your local ceremony or for Arlington.

 

For more information about this year’s events, to sign up to be a volunteer or to sponsor a wreath, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.