|Lieutenant General John F. Mulholland, Jr., USASOC|
I first learned of WAA back in 2008, when I was living in California and volunteering with the Patriot Guard. I was honored to have been given a leadership role, as I partnered with Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar to organize their ceremony. After moving to North Carolina, I took on the same challenge and organized the 2009 ceremony at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake.
As you can imagine, the mission of this organization is near and dear to my heart, as the spouse of a service member and as a service member myself. Circumstances have prevented me from participating since I've been here in Colorado, but I found a wonderful way to contribute this year. WAA is offering a chance for you to Help Cover Arlington, and it's not too late! There are tons of sponsorship options, including the Military Tribute Patriot Pair, which I jumped all over. For $34.50, you can donate a wreath and receive one of your own, with an American flag and the service flag of your choice! This isn't the thin variety of wreath you find at your local home improvement store or grocery store - this thing is plush. Our new home is proudly sporting a gorgeous Air Force wreath, and I love that one will be decorating the grave of a veteran at Pacific View because of our purchase.
Wreaths Across America Day is this Saturday, December 15th. If you aren't able to donate, consider going out to a participating cemetery this weekend. Remember. Honor. Teach.