Wreaths Across America Day sees tributes placed at 1.7 million headstones

December 25, 2020

On National Wreaths Across America Day Dec. 19, at 2,557 participating locations, dedicated Americans in every state honored the nation’s heroes by placing a total of 1.7 million wreaths on veterans’ headstones and remembering them by saying each name out loud.

Delaware’s veterans memorial cemeteries in Millsboro and Bear were among the participating locations. 

“The 2020 theme for Wreaths Across America has been ‘Be an American worth fighting for,’ and this year I have been blessed to see my fair share,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “The determination of the American people and their commitment to the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, made it possible for us to move forward this year, safely.”

Wreaths Across America thanks the dedicated volunteers in every state for overcoming the many obstacles presented and remaining focused on the mission over the last year. Individual location coordinators worked with local officials on modified wreath-placement plans. Professional truck drivers have been keeping this country moving but found time to help deliver these truckloads of respect. Each person involved has played an important a part in the mission to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and their families, and teach the next generation the value of freedom.

Each live balsam veterans wreath is a gift of respect and appreciation donated by a private citizen or organization. Wreaths are placed on graves by volunteers as a small gesture of gratitude for the freedoms Americans enjoy.

For centuries, fresh evergreens have been used as a symbol of honor and have served as a living tribute renewed annually. Wreaths Across America organizers believe the tradition represents a living memorial that honors veterans, active-duty military and their families. 

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