It’s our duty as American Citizens to honor and cherish those who have given so much. Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States once said: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States to be free.”
Wreaths Across America is one way to do this. The project started when the owner of Worcester Wreath Company recognized that his success as a businessman was in large part, due to the values of this Nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. He began donating wreaths to be placed on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery. The project now involves over 350 National Cemeteries throughout the country.
Each year on the second Saturday of December, at National Cemeteries across the nation, wreaths are placed at the graves of the veterans. The demand became so great that the company could not donate the number or wreaths in demand. The nonprofit organization Wreaths Across America was born. To make the dream of wreath on every veterans grave a reality, wreath sponsorship are needed.
Sponsorships are $15 per wreath and can be purchase at www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org using cemetery code WATNCK or by contacting Mary Bradshaw. A resident of Steilacoom, Mary’s son, Lt. Brian Bradshaw was killed in Afghanistan in June and is buried at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. She is the coordinator for the Washington Gold Star Mothers for Wreaths Across America. Sponsorships must be made by November 25th
Volunteers are also needed for the wreath laying ceremony beginning at 9:00 a.m. on 12 December at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent Washington.