The Wreaths Across America story began over 20 years ago when Worcester Wreath Company (a for-profit commercial business from Harrington, Maine) began a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.
Over the years, Worcester Wreath has donated countless wreaths which were placed by volunteers in a wreath laying ceremony each December.
For more information regarding Worcester Wreaths click here.
The Houston connection and how Wreaths Across America – Houston came to be:
In 2007, our Director and his son were looking at a video about the Arlington wreath laying and commenting on the event here at the Houston National Cemetery. They placed their order for wreaths and called the cemetery to see when they could place them. They then found out that the Houston National Cemetery does not receive the live wreaths for all burial sites, due to lack of funding.
The cemetery does receive seven wreaths (each representing one of the branches of service and the MIA/POW’s) as all other National Cemeteries do. The ceremony is held to place seven wreaths in the front of the National Cemetery.
The son, perplexed by this claimed “that’s not fair” and later in the day simply stated “let’s go get some wreaths.” This was the beginning of a goal for not only one boy and his dad, but also family, friends and and an entire community.
Now, over eight years later, there is an entire city behind the event.
With our new group assembled and our goals set, we worked on putting our extended team in place. One of the first companies to jump on board was KHOU 11 as a primary media sponsor. KHOU 11 was followed by other big and small companies and tremendous public support. Even with the help of our corporate partners, it has always proven true that the vast majority of support comes from individuals donating $15.00 at a time. KHOU Channel 11
Houston will show the Nation how we honor our fallen soldiers, by placing a wreath on all 60,000+ grave sites at the Houston National Cemetery. Although we have not yet reached our goal for all the sites at Houston National Cemetery, each year we make a huge step for Houston as we honor our fallen heroes.
Look for our updates and information regarding the 2016 Wreaths Across America – Houston project.