Remember Our Veterans – One Wreath At A Time
Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison
Wreaths Across America™ began as The Arlington Wreath project started by Morrill Worcester in 1992, with the donation and laying of 5,000 Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.
It was a relatively obscure event until 2005, when a photo of the stones adorned with wreaths and covered in snow circulated around the internet. The project received national attention.
In 2006 more than 150 state and national cemeteries held wreath laying ceremonies simultaneously.
By 2008, more than 300 locations held wreath-laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veterans graves and more than 60,000 volunteers participated.
In 2010, over 220,000 memorial wreaths at 545 locations in the United States and beyond. Including ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, as well as Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites of the 9/11 tragedies.
In 2014 a total of 716,000 wreaths were placed over the U.S.
They accomplished this with help from hundreds of fundraising groups, corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping and thousands of helping hands.
The mission of Wreaths Across America™ is simple: “Remember, Honor and Teach.” The importance of Remembering those who served in the military – “REMEMBER the fallen”, to Honor their service and sacrifice “HONOR those who serve: including their families who sacrifice, and Teach others to do the same – “TEACH all generations,” the value of their service and price of our freedom.
The wreath-laying is now held each year on the second Saturday in December and in 2008, was unanimously voted by the U.S. Congress as “Wreaths Across America™ Day.”
By offering sponsorships to the public, Wreaths Across America™ hopes that one day every veteran’s resting place will be adorned with a wreath for the holiday season. It is possible to honor your hero, buried at Montana State Veterans Cemetery, by sponsoring a $15 wreath.
Wreaths Across America™ is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, and it’s easy to sponsor a wreath. By mail, send sponsorship form with check or money order or if you prefer, online at the Wreaths Across America Sponsorship page.
If you decide to use the online sponsorship page, please look for the circled text below to ensure the wreaths are properly delivered to to Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison.
If you are asked for a Location ID, use this code: MTSVCH Montana State Veterans Cemetery Fort Harrison
(All sponsorships must be in the Maine office by NOVEMBER 28, 2016)
Wreaths Across America TM
PO Box 249
Columbia Falls, ME 04623
There are over 2,700 veterans interred at Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison.
We are unable to accept grave-specific requests at this time – sponsored wreaths will be placed December 12th at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery center circle.
There is NO COST to attend or participate in a Wreaths Across America™ event.
Monday, December 12, 10:00 am - The State House Ceremony takes place at the Montana Capitol Rotunda, hosted by Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Oro Fino Chapter
Saturday, December 17 - National Remembrance Ceremony starts promptly at 10:00 am at the Fort Harrison Post Chapel. Montana POW/MIA Awareness Association is honored to be the location hosts
- Following the chapel ceremony we’ll place wreaths at Montana State Veterans Cemetery center circle.
- We ask your help in sponsoring wreaths. Wreaths Across America™ will return $5 of every $15 wreath sponsorship we raise, to support our organizations ongoing work.
- Be sure to join us this holiday season as we Remember and Honor our Veterans – One Wreath at a Time.
- Placing the wreaths is important to the living. It’s important we make the effort.
- Please feel free to contact me for more information on how you can get involved.