It’s Veterans’ Day: Buy a Wreath

Veterans’ Day, the perfect day to order a Christmas wreath for home and for our National Cemeteries so I’m reposting last year’s blog on Wreaths across America.

Last week I received an email from Meghan encouraging me to purchase a Christmas wreath from Wreaths Across America and decided I should share it today, Veterans’ Day, so others can take advantage of this opportunity. Her message:

I know that every year you all hear me go on and on about how much I love my wreath so I figured I’d share it with you this year. I get the wreath from the organization Wreaths Across America. They collect sponsorships to be able to lay wreaths on the headstones of Vets at military cemeteries across the country. Jon and I attended this event a few years ago at Florida National Cemetery and it was really cool to see wreaths on so many headstones.

Meghan recommends purchasing the Patriot Pair. For $30, a wreath (with a door hanger) will be delivered to your house and a second wreath will be sent to Arlington or another of our National Cemeteries to be laid on a headstone. Another option is to purchase a Personal Remembrance Wreath. For $20, you’ll receive a wreath with a door hanger delivered to your house, however, this option doesn’t provide a second wreath for a headstone.

Meghan insists that the wreaths which are delivered the first weekend of December lasted throughout the holiday season and that their fresh aroma remained until New Year’s Day when she took down her Christmas decorations. (And she was right…we received a beautiful fresh wreath that lasted until January last year.)

Veteran’s Day is the perfect time to order one or more wreaths from Wreaths Across America as a way to say thank you to our country’s veterans, and since this year’s wreath laying will take place on December 12th, you don’t want to delay or you’ll miss out on this opportunity.

Wreaths for Veteran’s Day

Last week I received an email from Meghan encouraging me to purchase a Christmas wreath from Wreaths Across America and decided I should share it today, Veteran’s Day, so others can take advantage of this opportunity.

I know that every year you all hear me go on and on about how much I love my wreath so I figured I’d share it with you this year. I get the wreath from the organization Wreaths Across America. They collect sponsorships to be able to lay wreaths on the headstones of Vets at military cemeteries across the country. Jon and I attended this event a few years ago at Florida National Cemetery and it was really cool to see wreaths on so many headstones.

Meghan recommends purchasing the Patriot Pair. For $30, a wreath (with a door hanger) will be delivered to your house and a second wreath will be sent to Arlington to be laid on a headstone. Another option is to purchase a Personal Remembrance Wreath. For $20, you’ll receive a wreath with a door hanger delivered to your house, however, this option doesn’t provide a second wreath for a headstone.

 

Patriotic Pair – a wreath for home and Arlington National Cemetery

Meghan insists that the wreaths which are delivered the first weekend of December lasted throughout the holiday season and that their fresh aroma remained until New Year’s Day when she took down her Christmas decorations.

Veteran’s Day is the perfect time to order one or more wreaths from Wreaths Across America as a way to save thank you to our country’s veterans, and since this year’s wreath laying will take place on December 13th, you don’t want to delay or you’ll miss out on this opportunity.

 

Thank a Veteran

Last week, my friend Peggy called to wish me a Happy Birthday. I missed her call but she left a long message with birthday wishes, but being Peggy, her message also included, “God bless our troops!”

Peggy truly thinks about those serving in the military as well as the veterans who have served in the past on a daily basis. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen her wear any clothing that’s not red, white, and blue and she usually wears a flag pin or other patriotic symbol on her clothing. Peggy is a walking reminder of patriotism, but she is especially concerned about those serving in the armed forces.

When I worked with Peggy, she kept a bulletin board in the school cafeteria with the pictures of the sons, daughters, spouses, and parents of co-workers and students serving in the military. She took the time to get to know the children of those deployed and checked in with them regularly, and she kept up with the worried spouses and parents of military members with whom she worked. Her concern is genuine and anyone who knows Peggy will attest to the fact that every conversation with her includes mention of the troops.

So while I’m not suggesting that you go to these lengths, I would like to encourage you to express a little of Peggy’s love for the troops and for veterans with a list of a few ways you can thank those who are serving or who have served in the military.

1. Fly the American flag.

2. Donate your leftover Halloween candy to Operation Shoebox or some other organization that sends care packages to the troops.

3. Make a financial contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project (a favorite of my Uncle Bill), Honor Flight, or the VFW.

4. Read Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand to appreciate the hardships endured by those serving in WWII or read the biography of a veteran.

5. Place flowers or flags on graves of veterans. The Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell needs people to sponsor the placing of poinsettias on graves in December.

6. Send a note, letter, or holiday card to any soldier.

7. Attend a Veteran’s Day parade or presentation.

8. Visit the memorials in Washington, D.C. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial, US Marine Corp Memorial, and the Arlington Cemetery are a few that shouldn’t be missed.

9. Bake treats for a local VA retirement home.

10. Thank a veteran or member of the military.

Don’t make this a duty to be performed on Veteran’s Day instead be a little more like Peggy. Thank a veteran and God bless the troops.

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Mom