We take our business seriously and understand our responsibility to give back to the community via sponsorships.
For every wreath purchased, we proudly donate $1 to Wreaths Across America.
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.
? 1992: First wreaths (5,000) donated by Morrill Worcester and Worcester Wreath Co.
? 2005: Iconic photo of wreaths in snow became a viral sensation
? 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.
? 2012: Millionth wreath placed at Arlington National Cemetery
? 2014: For the first time, every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery received a wreath.
? 2016: 25th year that veterans’ wreaths were placed at Arlington National Cemetery.
? 2018: Mission advances overseas with the first placement of 9,387 veterans’ wreaths at Normandy-American Cemetery in France.
WAA’s mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is 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. Since its founding, the organization has expanded to include nearly 2,000 local fundraising groups in all 50 states, representing more than 1,600 participating locations, in addition to Arlington National Cemetery. Every year since 2008, Congress proclaims a Saturday in December as National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, it will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.
What We Do
? WAA’s annual pilgrimage from Columbia Falls, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia 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.
? The Remembrance Tree Program provides a living memorial to loved ones lost. A replica dog tag is made in honor of your loved one and it is attached to the trunk of a evergreen tree on the tip land in Maine where the brush is harvested every third year to make veterans’ wreaths.
? The HART Ceremony (Honoring Allies and Remembering Together) is conducted each year to honor veterans of our nation’s allies in ceremonies on international bordercrossing 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 50 states.
? WAA conducts several programs to honor our veterans, including our popular Thanks-AMillion campaign, which distributes free “I Owe You” cards to people all over the country to share with veterans as a simple thank-you for their service and a promise to give back.
? The organization participates in veterans’ events throughout the year as well as public outreach through Veterans Day and Memorial Day programs, Wreaths Across America Radio, in our monthly newsletters in press coverage and on the website.
? Through WAA’s fundraising program, it has helped other nonprofits such as Civil Air Patrol, Scouts, 4- H Clubs, local VFWs and American Legions raise funds for their own community needs. Since 2007, Wreaths Across America has given back nearly $9 million to local groups through this fundraising structure.
? The Wreaths Across America Museum located at the National Headquarters in Columbia Falls, Maine, and showcases thousands of items that have been donated to Wreaths Across America over the decades. All donations help to provide insight and tell the greater story of the experiences of U.S. military personnel.
? Wreaths Across America has a veteran liaison on staff to work with local veterans’ organizations in Maine.
? 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.
? The Mobile Education Exhibit is a traveling classroom on wheels designed to inspire and educate all about the mission and those who lives have been impacted by it. The goal of the Wreaths Across America Education Exhibit is to bring local communities and our military together with education, stories and interactive connections.