The Civil Air Patrol, veterans service organizations and families coordinated the event to honor veterans of each military branch, the Merchant Marine, as well as Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action. Hundreds of volunteers walked around the cemetery, placing a wreath at each headstone.
In 1992, the Worcester Wreath Company began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to veterans laid to rest at VA's national and state cemeteries. Since then, the organization has donated thousands of wreaths for gravesites nationwide, including at Arlington National Cemetery. In 2007, the Worcester family, along with veterans and other groups who had helped establish the annual wreath ceremony, formed the nonprofit organization Wreaths across America.
Events are made possible by thousands of volunteers who organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponsor wreaths, and take the time to participate. The cost of the programs is paid by individual wreath sponsors, corporate donors and volunteer professional truck drivers.
Learn more about Wreaths across America and how you can help support the cause.
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