WHAT IS WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA AND WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT IT?
 
It was December 1992 in Harrington, Maine, when wreath maker Morrill Worcester found himself with a surplus of
5,000 wreaths during the holiday season. Worcester saw the surplus as an opportunity to pay tribute to our country’s
veterans and with the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arranged for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington
National Cemetery. This annual tribute to our country’s veterans has continued ever since, touching the lives of millions
of veterans’ families and volunteers and growing in scope through the years.
In 2007, the Worcester family along with veterans and volunteers formed the non-profit organization Wreaths Across
America to continue and expand their efforts at Arlington National Cemetery and to support those around the country
who wished to do the same. Wreaths Across America’s mission is simple: Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve,
and Teach the next generation about the value of freedom. In 2019, Wreaths Across America and its national network of
volunteers placed over 1.5 million veterans’ wreaths at 1,433 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.
This year, National Wreaths Across America day will be held on Saturday, December 19th 2020. Locally, a ceremony will
begin at 12:00 Noon followed by the placement of wreaths at East Berlin Union Cemetery located at 3rd Street in East
Berlin where approximately 200 local veterans are laid to rest. This is open to anyone who would like to attend.
Please consider sponsoring at least one flag in honor of your hero to support Wreaths Across America. The cost is only
$50 per flag sponsorship. Deadline to submit your sponsorship is October 28, 2020.
On behalf of the volunteers and military families looking to honor all the veterans laid to rest at East Berlin Union
Cemetery and the Wreaths Across America extended family, I thank you for your consideration of this patriotic cause. I
look forward to hearing from you or seeing you in December!
HONOR TEACH
 
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Respectfully,

Melissa M. Kopp-Smith

WAA Location Coordinator/East Berlin Union Cemetery

Melissakopp16@comcast.net

717-578-8918