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Wreaths Across America 2020: “Be an American Worth Fighting For”

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Wreaths Across America 2020: “Be an American Worth Fighting For”

On December 19th, the annual Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony events took place honoring our nation’s veterans, active-duty military, and their families. This year, a total of 1.7 million veterans’ wreaths adorned the headstones of those that served.

Wreaths Across America is originally known for taking place at the Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) but has expanded to thousands of other cemeteries across the country each year. Every year, live balsam wreaths come from a direct, private donation from a citizen or organization to honor, appreciate, and respect those that served and protected our country, making the ultimate sacrifice. Wreaths Across America continues to use fresh evergreens as a symbol of honor that has been used throughout history.

In each of the 50 states, volunteers including Location Coordinators and professional truckers support efforts in the 2,557 participating locations honoring our nation’s heroes. Each year, the nonprofit organization utilizes this tradition,  representing “a living memorial” through the act of laying the wreaths while repeating each of the names out loud. Wreaths Across America confirmed these acts are to affirm that they live on in our memory.

“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. We are humbled, and forever grateful for the outpouring of support from all across the country.” 

Last year, UPS contributed to the annual event by providing an Honor Trailer to assist in transporting the wreaths to the destination. In 2019, more than 50,000 wreaths were placed at the Arlington National Cemetery alone along with a 2.5+ mile-long parade.

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UPS Celebrates Veterans this Holiday Season

UPS confirmed in an announcement this week that the company will be participating in this year’s Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery, aiding in providing support for the nonprofit’s annual wreath-laying and 2.5 + mile-long parade honoring our nation’s veterans. More than 50,000 wreaths are expected to be delivered and placed at the Arlington National Cemetery. This year’s Honor Trailer will transport the wreaths via vehicle and driver provided by UPS.

“Veterans bring an incredible wealth of experience and commitment to working together to achieve objectives,” said Lloyd Knight, Senior Director at UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Chairman of the UPS Veterans Steering Council, President of VETLANTA and Air Force veteran.

UPS is no stranger when it comes to supporting our nation’s heroes as seen with the original UPS Veterans Business Resource Group chapter close to a decade prior. To this day, 23 chapters exist for its employees in addition to the 299,000 volunteer hours invested by UPS employees and $7.1 million has gone towards veteran initiatives over the last few decades.

“These qualities are critically important to our company, and to our communities. Honoring those who have served, and helping to provide a pathway for their continued journey, are among the ways we can express our gratitude for their service,” Knight concluded.

This year’s Wreaths Across America takes place on December 14th and includes additional veterans-focused locations (including schools) in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C. To learn more about the event and UPS participation, visit the UPS press room.