Monday, November 30, 2015

Washington Times: Arlington National Cemetery Short 30,000 Wreaths, Financial Help Needed.



Photos by Bill Boylan

This past summer, I had the opportunity to visit Wreaths Across America, headquartered in Columbia ME.  Now, according to Jessica Chasmar of The Washington Times, Wreaths Across America lacks the necessary funding to place wreaths on all the Graves at Arlington National Cemetery, a tradition started in 1992.  Please re-post this and send them a few bucks.

Staff member tells the story behind this wall hanging to two visitors.

From the Times:

The nonprofit responsible for placing wreaths on 230,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery expects to be 30,000 wreaths short this year due to a lack of funding.

Wreaths Across America said Wednesday night that it is $450,000 short of reaching its goal for its Tuesday deadline. More than 100 volunteers plan to place the wreaths on individual headstones on Dec. 12, and Wreaths Across America, which is not government sponsored, was supposed to raise $3.45 million to finish the project, The Washington Examiner reported.

The group’s team captain Bre Kingsbury said they are hoping for more donors to step forward before the fundraising deadline. Each wreath is $15 and donors can contribute directly at wreathsacrossamerica.org.



Mission Statement:  Remember-Honor-Teach


“It’s a great way to honor our fallen friends and to pay tribute to them and to make sure that the families of the fallen know that they’re not forgotten, especially at the holidays, but all throughout the year,” Ms. Kingsbury told Fox News.






 

Some of the many artifacts on display at the Columbia ME museum.




Violin (fiddle) donated by Charlie Daniels.

                                                       'Wreaths Across America Day' in Old Saybrook

                     DON'T MISS THIS NATIONAL EVENT IN OLD SAYBROOK, Hosted by Max Sabrin.
                                       Visit in CT is a Main Stop en route to Arlington National Cemetery

Old Saybrook, CT November, 2015 -- "Wreaths Across America"(www.wreathsacrossamerica.com), a traveling caravan escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders, will again return to Old Saybrook on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, with an estimated time of arrival at 11:30 a.m., followed by a noontime wreath-laying on Main Street at the Town Green War Memorial (next to Old Saybrook Fire Headquarters) attended by local veterans, townspeople, dignitaries and students.

Old Saybrook is a major official stop in Connecticut as the Wreaths Across America caravan travels to Arlington National Cemetery, where the group will place wreaths on the graves of thousands of fallen soldiers. Old Saybrook has turned out in force to honor the traveling caravan in past years, so the Maine-based group will make the shoreline town a major stop again this year.

A ceremony will be held at the Old Saybrook High School at 1111 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook on Tuesday, December 8, at 1:30 p.m. The public, especially veterans and their families, is invited . . . .  For more info, please visit 'Wreaths Across America Day' in Old Saybrook.



















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