Wreaths Across America is the country’s longest parade honoring veterans and serving as a tribute to our country’s heroes. Thanks to a recent announcement, we now know the dates it set for its annual march.
Fox News reported the announcement, with the parade beginning on December 11. Additionally, Jo Ann Maitland, national president of American Gold Stars Mothers Inc., and Nancy Menagh, president emeritus of Gold Star Wives of America, will lead the conclusion of the parade at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 18. This date coincides with National Wreaths Across America Day.
For the uninitiated, Wreaths Across America delivers wreaths to schools, as well as other locations, to honor veterans. Additionally, it serves as a remembrance for their sacrifice and to remind everyone how those who served in the armed forces.
Speaking to Fox News about the occasion, the executive director of Wreaths Across America, Karen Worcester, detailed the effort. “For those who have had the opportunity to participate in the escort of wreaths over the years, it is truly an experience of a lifetime,” Worcester stated. “The way we and the mission are welcomed into communities, with flags waving and streets lined with children and veterans, is something we always wished every American could witness. This year we’re hoping that supporters will once again join us in lining the roadways safely and welcome the mission into their communities.”
The parade includes Gold Star Families, Blue Star families, veterans, and Patriot Guard Riders members. Volunteers will also contribute to the event. As for hosting public events, Maine, New York, Vermont, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. all have something planned as the parade passes through.
If you’re curious, you can check out more on their official website.
WWII Veteran Receives Nearly 800 Birthday Cards for Her 100th Birthday
After hitting the monumental milestone of being 100-years-old, a WWII veteran was hoping she’d receive 100 birthday cards. Instead, she received nearly 800, with some even coming from outside the country.
Claudia Cantu turned 100 years old last month and hoped she’d get 100 cards for the occasion. However, thanks to her daughter, Christine Magill, Cantu received 787. Speaking to Fox News, Magill said the idea came from someone in her mom’s poker group. The woman contacted a local TV station and when the Texas General Land Office saw the story, they helped it spread.
Cards came from all over, with some coming from schools, other states, and a handful even arrived from Canada. Cantu was overwhelmed by the support sent to her for her birthday. “It’s been amazing,” Magill told Fox News. “For me, it’s been a lot of fun. I’m sure she’s tired.”
Magill reported her mother having three different celebrations on her birthday, so it’s no wonder she’s so tired.