Updated: Oct 21, 2020
Each year a new theme is chosen to help Wreaths Across America volunteers and supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities. The organization announces the theme for 2020 is “Be an American Worth Fighting For.”
On National Wreaths Across America Day, millions of Americans from all across the country – a third of whom are children – come together to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom. Due to Covid restrictions, GA National Cemetery will hold wreath placement over a three day period, December 17-19 from 9am - 3pm.
"Be an American worth the sacrifice. In your daily operations, and in how you deal with one another and how you live your lives. Those young men and women who are in Arlington... and other cemeteries, they earned the right for you to be an American worth fighting for."
The inspiration for this year’s theme came from a keynote address made by Staff Sgt. Daniel Strong during the 2018 escort to Arlington's welcome stop at a vocational school in Massachusetts.
This sentiment speaks volumes
As an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps, SSgt. Strong lost 18 Marines during his service, three were his friends when he was a Lance Corporal, six as their Squad Leader and the remaining nine as their Platoon Sargent. Each impacted SSgt. Strong in a unique way as he witnessed first-hand what true sacrifice was and experienced the ripple effect it has on all involved. His message that December day spoke to the daily importance of the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach, and the emotion is now teacher-engrained in his JROTC students. “Be an American worth the sacrifice. In your daily operations, and in how you deal with one another and how you live your lives,” said SSgt. Strong. “Those young men and women who are in Arlington National Cemetery and other cemeteries, they earned the right for you to be an American worth fighting for.” This sentiment speaks volumes as more United States military are deploying to serve and fight, if needed, to protect the freedoms we enjoy as American citizens. Each of them, playing their part so that we too can play ours back home by being an active participant in our communities.
In 2019, approximately 2.2 million veteran wreaths were placed on headstones at 2,158 participating locations around the country in honor of the service and sacrifices made for our freedoms, with each name said out loud. This year, National Wreaths Across America placement will be December 17-19 from 9am-3pm. It is always a free event and open to all people. Social distancing, masks, and gloves will be required in 2020.
Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, will need to fund and place over 20,000 wreaths to honor all of the American veterans who rest there. The generosity of patriots is needed more than ever. Donations are urgently required by the end of November to place the order. Wreath donations are $15 each or 10 for $100. Contributions are tax deductible and donations are accepted online or by mail. To coordinate a group to help place wreaths at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, please contact Mr. Tom Wilder, firstname.lastname@example.org.