Ready To Help In 2018?

Now that we are into 2018 and past the holiday week, we are back on our regular publishing schedule (Tuesdays), with more great stories for and about out veterans.

This week when you tell your friends about coming out in January for the "retiring of the wreaths (see wreath cleanup details below), here are some of the most helpful links to share with them:

1) What is Wreaths Across America? Maybe your friend has never heard of the organization, so share this video (4:00) with a great overview of the Mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.

2) We shared this last week, but here's what NBC's Lester Holt had to say about Wreaths Across America...

3) Ready to volunteer in 2018 and be the first to remember? Please check out the two links below for wreath cleanup day (January 20th for Arlington).

4) Lastly - when you scroll all the way to the bottom of this newsletter, make sure you help us shout out and say thank you* to ALL THE PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS AND TRANSPORTATION companies who deliver to 1400+ locations nationwide!

* And make sure you check out (and enter) the WAA Toy Truck Block Set Giveaway, as part of our honoring all the great support from the trucking industry.

Freedom Is Not Free
Casey's "superhero" grew up to become known as 1LT Colby J. Umbrell 1-501 25th ID out of Fort Richardson Alaska. In 2007 when Casey was 23, her big brother Colby was KIA in Iraq. She became a Gold Star sibling.

This Organization Honors Fallen Soldiers With Graveside Wreaths
On Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 1,422 participating locations nationwide, grateful Americans in every state placed more than 1,565,000 remembrance wreaths.

Cleanup Is Less Than Two Weeks Away

The "Retiring Of The Wreaths" (Cleanup Day) is coordinated locally, with dates and times set by each Location Coordinator in conjunction with the cemetery administration. The date for Arlington National Cemetery is Saturday, January 20th, 2018 (starting at 8:30am). 

Please use the map below to search for other location and contact info.
Here's what you need to know to prepare for wreath clean-up day at ANC.

Save This Date - This Year's WAA Date Has Been Set

News Stories For And About Our Veterans

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It was Aug. 13, 1945, four days after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Japan had suffered unimaginable destruction, but Emperor Hirohito refused to surrender.Capt. Jerry Yellin, an...

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Join us on December 15th (the 3rd Saturday in December), 2018 for National Wreaths Across America Day. Use this map to find a location and sign up to volunteer. Can't find a location near you? You can start one (adding new locations for 2018)!

This Week We Remembered...

Each day we #SayTheirNames and #We Remember:

On January 2nd, we remembered Army Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton, who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day 14 years ago while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On January 3rd, we posted about Marine Sgt. Thomas E. Houser, who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day 13 years ago while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On January 4th, we honored Navy Lieutenant Jesse Beasley who served during the Korean War and gave his life on this day in 1954.

On January 5th, we recognized the service and sacrifice of Army Major Michael L. Mundell made the ultimate sacrifice on this day 11 years ago.

For January 6th, we gave tribute and a moment of silence for Army PFC Edward Joseph Drew II gave his life for our country on this day 50 years ago while serving in Vietnam.

On January 7th, we remembered Marine Sergeant Wallace Norman Wood who served during the Korean War.

And on January 8th, we honored the loss 9 years ago, of Army Cpl. Keith E. Essary and Army Sgt. Joshua L. Rath who gave their lives while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. 

"Remember this.... In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten."

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Share the Road Professional Truck Driver Ralph Garcia of ABF Freight spoke on his experience of delivering more than 3,600 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America - Official Page. Ralph believes in doing his part to Remember, Honor, and Teach for the patriots and fallen heroes who served this great country.
Wreaths Across America Toy Truck Block Set Giveaway (3 different ways to win)!
As part of our thank you to the trucking industry, make sure you enter the WAA Toy Truck Block Set Giveaway and Share The Mission with your littlest loved ones. No cost to enter.

If you share with a friend and they win - you win automatically too!

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