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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Original Release Date: Nov 18, 2018 ALABAMA STATE SENATOR TOM WHATLEY, LTC, ALARNG, HEADLINES 2018 WREATH LAYING CEREMONY DECEMBER 15, 2018. Ft. Mitchell, Ala – Alabama State Senator and Lieutenant Colonel Tom Whately, ALARNG, will be the Guest of Honor and Speaker for the 2018 Wreaths Across America ceremony to be held Saturday December 15th at noon Eastern at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery. LTC Whately currently serves at the Alabama National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters Alabama, and is a sitting State Senator for the 27th district. Mr. Whatley has graciously accepted the invitation. Wreaths Across America is an annual wreath-laying event held at every national cemetery across the United States and abroad during the holiday season. Its mission is to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve, and Teach our youth the value of freedom. The event, held each December, ensures we remember all those who gave their lives in support of our freedom. It also serves as a time to honor those who have served and are currently serving this great nation. Finally, we take great pride in showing our youth what it takes to keep our land safe and free. In addition to guest speakers, the Wreaths Across America ceremony will highlight ceremonial wreaths being placed for each of the Armed Services and our Prisoners of War and Missing In Action. Upon conclusion of the ceremony, thousands of live wreaths will be placed on the headstones of our heroes laid to rest there. Wreaths placed at this event are not free, and must be sponsored by the public. Wreaths are $15 each, and if sponsoring through a specific group, for every two wreaths sponsored, a third is donated for free, thanks to the sponsoring organization and Wreaths Across America. Wreaths Across America is also a 501c3 organization, so all donations of support are tax deductible. We need help getting the wreaths sponsored, and appreciate any and all assist...

Protecting the Health and Welfare of Our Nation

The health service has grown from the initial corps of just physicians to encompass eleven different health categories including, therapists, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists, to name a few. They are veterans under federal law entitled to all of the benefits, including being buried in a veteran’s cemetery....

The Giordano Family for Veterans

By carrying on their older brother’s wishes to remember, honor, and teach, the Giordano Family for Veterans continues to support the Wreaths Across America mission each December while “doing good twice” for veterans living in their communities....

The Navajo Nation Greets Running Fir Wreaths

Started by Gold Star Mother Cathy Powers, the Running Fir Wreaths campaign was invited by the Navajo tribal government to include them on her running journey as she honors her son, Sr. Airman Bryce Kenneth Powers, and others buried in Arlington National Cemetery....

In Memory of SFC Anthony Venetz Jr.

Anthony Venetz Sr. is a co-Location Coordinator for the Sunset Memorial Gardens cemetery in Graniteville, South Carolina. He also leads the Fundraising Group “In Memory of SFC Anthony Venetz Jr.” in honor of his late son and namesake....

Friends of Lancaster Cemetery District

California Fundraising Group doubling down their efforts to support the community throughout the year....

The Gavel Is Passed for American Gold Star Mothers

Becky’s reign included serving as the Grand Marshal for the Annual Wreath Escort to Arlington National Cemetery. She says the year flew by. “It’s been an incredible year filled with incredible people. There have been so many touching moments that I will always hold in my heart.”...

Wreaths Across America Kicks Off Giving in July

Over the last 11 years more than $10 million has been given back through WAA’s national fundraising program to other nonprofits and civic group partners, supporting veteran programs and military families in communities across the country....

Doing Good Twice: Midwest Honor Flight, Sioux Center, IA

Each sponsored wreath helps to ensure a veteran has a wreath on their grave in remembrance and dedication once they pass, but that extra $5 means a veteran’s t-shirt or meal on the Honor Flight is covered at no cost to them....

Wreaths Across America's Trucking Tributes Presents JD and Gully Transportation

“I was driving across country when I got the call from my youngest daughter Kasey, telling me Jeffery had been shot. Jeffrey was on his 2nd tour of duty on a resupply mission when a sniper took his life. I could not believe it at first, but it was true."...

Sister Martha Torbik Shares her Story in "What's Your Why?" Feature

Wreaths Radio celebrates volunteerism in support of our military and veterans. The "What's Your Why?" feature shares the story of involvement of Wreaths Across America volunteers like Sister Martha....

Unum Plays Their Part and Then Some

Pipan tells us she’s impressed by Unum’s commitment to military veterans. Unum extends job transition training to veterans in the community regardless of whether or not they become an employee of the company....

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