Veteran Remembrance Tree Program Is Living Memorial to Veterans and Military Families
COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine, Nov. 5, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Wreaths Across America, Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization best known for its annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 900 other locations nationwide – with a mission to Remember, Honor and Teach about the service and sacrifices of our veterans – is paying tribute to veterans and their families nationwide on Veterans Day and beyond with their Veteran Remembrance Tree Program.
The Veteran Remembrance Tree program, a new program from Wreaths Across America, consist of special memorial trees that are “tagged” with custom military-style I.D. tags dedicated to a fallen soldier by remaining family members. Each wreath laid at Arlington is tipped from these trees on founder Morrill Worcester’s 4,000-acre forest. The remembrance trees, which are never cut down, act as a living memorial to veterans and their families long after the wreaths are placed at Arlington. “We created the Veteran Remembrance Tree program because we wanted to find a way to recognize the fallen soldiers and their families in a more permanent way,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “This endless forest is a truly visual representation of our unwavering commitment to our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach and to recognize our fallen soldiers and families this year and for many years to come.”
Wreaths Across America works year round to carry out their mission by coordinating veterans services and recognition through a variety of programs and providing teaching projects to schools throughout the school year. “We strive to remember the fallen and honor those who serve, not just on Veterans Day but every single day of the year,” said Worcester. “It is important we teach our children about the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.”
Wreaths Across America will head to Arlington National Cemetery on December 14th for National Wreaths Across America Day for its annual wreath-laying ceremony.