In what is the epitome of a good news bad news scenario – there may be a shortage of wreaths to lay at the Arlington National Cemetery this Christmas. I know that that just sounds like bad news, but the problem is not lack of funding. The nonprofit group Wreaths Across America has actually seen an increase in giving, but the major corporate sponsors are asking that the money be spread around to cemeteries all over the country. This means that while many more soldiers’ graves will be dressed with a Christmas wreath, the graves at Arlington may be shorted by several thousand wreaths.
“Our donations are up overall nationwide, but some of our larger corporate sponsors want to fund [wreaths] in other areas,” Wayne Hanson, president of the group’s board of directors told the Post.
“It’s great because we’re getting veterans recognized at other locations, and I would love to see wreaths on every single veteran’s grave across America, but I consider Arlington our nation’s premier cemetery.”
This beautiful practice of laying wreaths began quietly in 1992 when owners of a wreath company in Maine used leftover wreaths to decorate several hundred graves in Arlington. When people began learning about what these generous folks were doing, donations began flooding their company and the owners of the wreath company formed a nonprofit and bean working in earnest to lay wreaths at cemeteries all over the country.
To be able to lay the amount of wreaths at Arlington that they had planned, Wreaths Across America needs to raise about another half a million dollars specifically for the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. If you’d like to give to the effort please go to their website at – http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ – and give as generously as you are able.
Some 12,000 to 15,000 people have already signed up to lay the wreaths at Arlington, which will take place no matter the weather.
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