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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-14-2019

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78 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019 | THE VALLEY BREEZE Wreaths Across America – ©2019 GREEN SHOOT MEDIA. Annually, in December, Congress desig- nates a Saturday as National Wreaths Across America Day. In 2019, that day is Dec. 14. Today, the group coordinates ceremonies in 1,600 locations in cemeteries and at sea around the world. Whether you volunteer your time or contribute a monetary donation, the cause is a wholesome movement to support. A BRIEF HISTORY In 1992, Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company, found his company with a surplus of wreaths as the holiday season ended. As a child, he visited Arlington National Cemetery after winning a trip to Washing- ton, D.C. The experience would stick with him and ultimately lead him to donate his extra product to an older section of the military cemetery that was receiving fewer visitors and attention for the buried soldiers. The wreath-laying ceremony in Arlington went on silently until 2005, when an image of the adorned stones spread across the internet and went viral, prompting the movement to become a registered nonprofit. In 2014, the group met their amazing goal of covering the entirety of the Arlington National Cemetery with 226,525 wreaths. Today, with the help of volunteers and donations, the group distributes wreaths to all 50 states and offers learning tools to teach younger generations about the significance of our military members. HOW TO DONATE You can make a monetary contribution by sponsoring wreaths to be used during ceremo- nies. It is a passionate way to say "thank you" to a fallen soldier who sacrificed their lives for our country's freedom. Another unique dona- tion they accept is assistance from trucking companies to trek their wreaths across the country. The Honor Fleet is made up of gener- ous truck owners who distribute the symbols throughout the nation. If you're looking for a unique cause to stand behind this holiday season, Wreaths Across America is an organization who honors fallen soldiers with memorable wreath-laying ceremonies. NOV-14-2019-GIFT-CL-Laura.indd 78 11/4/19 8:30 AM

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