Veterans Day 2021 ~ Thursday, November 11

WAA MISSION STATEMENT AND HISTORY

While we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year, to preserve our freedoms. In many homes across the U.S., every day there is an empty seat for one who is serving, or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach lasts all year long, far beyond the single day in December when we coordinate wreath-laying ceremonies, all throughout the year, Wreaths Across America works, in a number of ways, to show our veterans and their families that we will not forget—we will never forget.

Remember our fallen veterans.

When a volunteer places a wreath on a veteran’s grave on National Wreaths Across America Day, we encourage them to speak that veteran’s name aloud, thank them for their service and sacrifice, and reflect on that person and their life along with our wreath-laying ceremonies. At all cemeteries throughout the country, WAA also holds special memorial ceremonies.

Honor those who serve.

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

Teach our children the value of freedom.

Wreaths Across America is committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed to protect those freedoms.

Our Mobile Education Exhibit as well as our “escort to Arlington” (convoy of wreath delivery trucks to Arlington National Cemetery) stop at many schools. We offer learning experiences, interactive media projects and opportunities for schools, 4-H, scouts, and other youth groups to participate in our efforts.

On the Tip-lands in Maine where the tips of balsam fir trees are harvested to become veterans wreaths for Wreaths Across America Day, replica dog tags of thousands of replica veterans dog-tags create a living memorial of fallen veterans living back to other fallen veterans.

Learn more at: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/remember-honor-teach/#rememberWreaths

Wreaths Across America History: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/our-story

WAA SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

You can sponsor a live, handmade balsam wreath for $15 at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Each sponsorship goes toward a veteran’s wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero as we endeavor to honor all veterans laid to rest on Saturday, December 18, 2021, as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. 

“Every donation and wreath sponsorship is a meaningful gift from a grateful American who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “We are so grateful to the good people of this great nation for participating in our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.”

To donate on-line go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org

To find a cemetery near you to support click here for the link.

National Text to Donate from AT&T Veterans: text WREATH22 to 20222 on your mobile phone (there are local text programs in many states please check the list below to see if there is a participating local program in your area before broadcasting the national text program).

Local Text to Donate Programs from AT&T Veterans Across the Country

(please use if you are in one of the listed areas)

Text the local corresponding code listed below to 20222
CO – Fort Logan National Cemetery – Text Wreath 42
CO – Pikes Peak National Cemetery – Text Wreath 43
CT – State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown – Text Wreath 35
FL – Palms Woodland Cemetery – Text Wreath 30
FL – Serenity Meadows Funeral Home – Text Wreath 31
FL – Florida National Cemetery – Text Wreath 32
FL – Canaveral National Cemetery – Text Wreath 321
FL – Jacksonville National Cemetery – Text Wreath 33
FL – South Florida National Cemetery – Text Wreath 34
GA – Marietta National Cemetery – Text Wreath 40
GA – Georgia National Cemetery – Text Wreath 41
MN – Fort Snelling National Cemetery – Text Wreath 44
NJ – Beverly National Cemetery – Text Wreath 36
NJ – New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Museum – Text Wreath 38
NJ – Somerset Hills Memorial Park – Text Wreath 39
PA – Mount Moriah Cemetery – Text Wreath 37
SC – Beaufort National Cemetery – Text Wreath 45
TX – DFW National Cemetery – Text Wreath 1

Fifteen years later

September 11, 2016

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Rockland County Residents

Janet M. Alonso 41 Stony Point NY
Calixto Anaya Jr. 35 Suffern NY
Japhet J. Aryee 49 Spring Valley NY
Richard E. Bosco 34 Suffern NY
Sgt. John Gerard Coughlin 43 Pomona NY
Welles Remy Crowther 24 Upper Nyack NY
John D’ Allara 47 Pearl River NY
Bernard D. Favuzza 52 Suffern NY
Thomas Foley 32 West Nyack NY
Andrew Fredericks 40 Suffern NY
Robert Joseph Gschaar 55 Spring Valley NY
Dana Hannon 29 Suffern NY
Capt. Frederick Ill Jr. 49 Pearl River NY
Farah Jeudy 32 Spring Valley NY
Joseph Marchbanks Jr. 47 Nanuet NY
John Marshall 35 Congers NY
Patricia A. McAneney 50 Pomona NY
Robert Garvin McCarthy 33 Stony Point NY
Robert William McPadden 30 Pearl River NY
Luke G. Nee 44 Stony Point NY
Gerald O’Leary 34 Stony Point NY
David Ortiz 37 Nanuet NY
Lt. Vernon Allan Richard 53 Nanuet NY
Thomas G. Schoales 27 Stony Point NY
Mohammed Shajahan 41 Spring Valley NY
Gregory Sikorsky 34 Spring Valley NY
Catherine T. Smith 44 West Haverstraw NY
Robert W. Spear Jr. 30 Valley Cottage NY
Loretta A, Vero 51 Nanuet NY
Benjamin Walker 41 Suffern NY
Weibin Wang 41 Orangeburg NY
Steven Weinberg 41 New City NY
Capt. David T. Wooley 53 Nanuet NY

For a complete list

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Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.  In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.  A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

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