Wreaths Across America Day

 
Congratulations to all Extension Master Gardener Groups that participated in Wreaths Across America Day on December 11th.
 
This event grew from the efforts of Worcester Wreath and others to adorn graves at Arlington National Cemetary. Worcester Wreath donates (literally) truckloads of wreaths toward the Arlington project and has done so long before many people took notice. Today, over 400 locations participate in remembering fallen veterans during the holiday season with wreaths from a variety of sources.  
 
A television news station in Youngstown, OH took notice of the Mahoning County Master Gardener's participation in Canfield. The event in Huntsville, AL recieved a nice write up in the local weekly newspaper, which included a mention of master gardener participation.
 
In 2008, the United States Congress unanimously decreed the second Saturday of December as Wreaths Across America Day.
 
From the Wreaths Across America (TM) website:
It is our hope that everyone in their everyday lives extends a handshake of gratitude to our American heroes.
WAA ceremonies are held at over 400 locations in the USA and 24 off shore. There is no charge to hold or attend WAA ceremonies.
WAA could not carry out its mission without the help of volunteers, location leaders, sponsors, fund raisers and the generous donations of trucking companies. We extend a special thanks to all involved. 
 
Holiday best wishes, Bill Hoffman – USDA/NIFA

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