Karen Worcester's Month of the Military Child Message

We live in fast-paced times. Thanks to technology, kids are influenced by much more than family and community as their lives are shaped. Peer pressure, as we knew it as kids, is amplified with the aid of social media, and even advertisers target young minds.

Across the country, the school year is winding down.  There is excitement in the air around graduations, proms, and parties.  The next generation steps forward to shape our country for years to come. As parents, we hope we have given them the tools they need to succeed. I read a statistic that by the time your children turn 18, you have spent 90% of the time you will ever spend with them.  

This month – the month of the Military Child – we teach strength, work ethic, and character in our “Live with Purpose” series. These guidelines are suitable for all people, not just the military, but it is encouraging to hear from a group of military children about how they are learning these important attributes by watching their parents serve our nation. 

In our third video of the “Live with Purpose” series, we meet the Children's Military Group at Metcalf School in Rhode Island. This group of incredible students are all military children, and their gatherings help them cope with having parents who are deployed in service to our country. Hear their touching stories, meet their parents, and take a moment to share appreciation for all that these young Americans have sacrificed.

At Wreaths Across America, with the help of our millions of volunteers, we hope to influence young lives with the stories of real American heroes and to lead by example with their dedication to remembering, honor and teaching.

I have always said that teaching is the most important aspect of our mission, and I am thrilled and grateful that roughly a third of our volunteers are kids. I hope their participation helps shape their futures.

“Children do learn what they live, then grow up to live what they have learned.” Dorothy Nolte

With gratitude,
Karen Worcester