Wreaths Across America Dec. 11Posted on December 5, 2019
FREE FLAGS AVAILABLE TO GREET THE CONVOY!
As part of its journey to Washington D.C., the national Wreaths Across America (WAA) convoy will again be in Montgomery Township on Wednesday, December 11th and make a scheduled stop at Montgomery Upper Middle School.
With the help of thousands of volunteers, WAA works to fulfill its mission of remembering, honoring and teaching through the annual laying of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. The wreaths’ journey to Arlington has become a tradition in itself, allowing locals along the route to share in the emotional and educational experience as the WAA convoy passes through towns.
WAA will begin its trip to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 7th, in Washington County, Maine, and will travel down the east coast. The convoy is scheduled to arrive in Arlington on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 14th, where it will be met by thousands of volunteers who will place a wreath for the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country, ensuring no one is forgotten.
The ceremony at Montgomery Upper Middle School (https://www.mtsd.k12.nj.us/Domain/285), located at 375 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman, NJ, is set to begin on the 11th at approximately 3:30pm. Following the ceremony the convoy will travel to its next stop in New Jersey on its way to Delaware.
Escort participants include American Gold Star Mothers, Blue Star Families, Gold Star Wives of America, veterans and the Wreaths Across America extended family. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Patriot Riders of America and Rolling Thunder will flank the escort along with law enforcement from Maine to ensure safe transport for all participants throughout the week.
Each year, millions of Americans – a third of whom are children – come together in local and national cemeteries in order to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom. A new theme is chosen every year to help supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities.
In February, the national nonprofit announced the theme for 2019 as “Everyone plays a part.”
The inspiration for this year’s theme was a recommendation made by ten-year old “Might” Miles Worcester, the grandson of the founders of Wreaths Across America. Last May, while in Washington D.C. for an event, Miles saw a U.S. Servicemember in uniform at the hotel he was staying. As he always does, Miles walked up to the gentlemen, reached out to shake his hand and thanked him for his service. And his response was simple and impactful: “Thank you… everyone plays a part.” Miles went directly to his grandmother, WAA Executive Director Karen Worcester, to tell her that he believed this statement would be the perfect theme because, as he said, “those serving in the military are doing their part, but it is our part as Americans to remember and honor them, and that’s what Wreaths Across America does.”
There will be limited access to the ceremony itself inside the school, however there is a lot Montgomery Township Residents can do to be part of the day to include welcoming the convoy as it arrives. Small hand-held American flags will be available at the Montgomery Township Municipal Building after November 22nd free of charge, for those who would like to greet the convoy as it arrives.