As we celebrate Veteran’s Day on Saturday November 10th, by thanking and remembering those men and women of our armed forces, both past and present. I am reminded of another day that I discovered last December. Nationwide the 2nd Saturday of December is declared by the Congress of the United States as, Wreaths Across America Day. On Saturday, December 15th, volunteers across America will place wreaths on each headstone at Arlington cemetery in Washington D.C. and at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene.

The Wreaths Across America (WAA) project is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and has now spread to Veterans cemeteries across the Nation. The project was started by a Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. His vision is to 'Remember, Honor and Teach.'

The wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries in all 50 states are made possible by thousands of volunteers who organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponsor the wreaths, and participate in the veteran scheduled events. They receive no government funding of any kind. The cost of the program is paid for by individuals donating to be wreaths sponsors.If you would like help and/or sponsor a wreath or make a donation visit the Wreaths Across America website. Want to learn more about WAA? Check them out online. If you'd like to volunteer locally contact Mary Cooksey, Program Director at 2-1-1 Texas A Call for Help Community Resource Center for the United Way of Abilene.

WAA also organizes a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses, week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia and spreading the message of the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching children of the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.