Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing
As announced at our squadron meetings, the deadline to sell wreath sponsorships for this year's Wreaths Across America is fast approaching. For those unfamiliar with Wreaths Across America, it is a nationwide program through which individuals can sponsor holiday wreaths to be laid on Veteran's graves at participating locations across the nation and abroad on National Wreaths Across America Day, observed annually on the third Saturday in December (this year on December 16). These wreaths serve as a small tribute to these men and women for their sacrifices made in defense of our freedom. Civil Air Patrol is a national partner of Wreaths Across America and as such assists in selling wreath sponsorships.
Wreath sponsorships sold by our squadron specifically support this effort at the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery. With every wreath sponsorship we sell, another wreath will be laid at Cheltenham. Additionally, $5 of each $15 wreath sponsorship is returned to our squadron. As one of the organizations sponsoring wreaths at Cheltenham, we would like to ensure we do our part to contribute to this effort and will continue to sell wreath sponsorships through mid-November. On National Wreaths Across America Day, December 16th, we will then assist in laying wreaths at Cheltenham and with the distribution of wreaths to other volunteers.
**A reminder that there are two ways to sell/purchase wreath sponsorships! Either using the wreath sponsorship form (linked here, hard copies also available at every squadron meeting) or online through our squadron's wreaths page found here: https://wreaths.fastport.com/donateLocation.html?page=20035&relate=14854. Please share with family members, friends, co-workers, etc.
Thank you to our members who have sold wreath sponsorships so far! If using the wreath sponsorship form, please continue to bring them in along with money and turn in to either 1st Lt Santos or Maj Santos. Don't forget to fill out and return the donation receipt on the second page to the individual purchasing the wreath sponsorship. We challenge each member to try and sell at least 2 wreath sponsorships. The first and second cadet top sellers will receive a cash prize of $50 and $30 respectively.
-November 16 is the last opportunity to turn in money and wreath sponsorship forms at the weekly squadron meeting prior to the sale deadline. After this date, wreaths sponsorships can still be purchased online at our squadron's wreaths page.
-November 27 is the deadline for all sales. Any wreath sponsorships sold after this point will be counted towards next year.
-December 16 is National Wreaths Across America Day. We will need support at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery to lay wreaths and distribute wreaths to other volunteers. Our color guard will be going to Crownsville Veterans Cemetery this day to present the wreath laying ceremony at that location. Details to be announced as the date gets closer. If you're available to help, sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/SjUg8lQz9zV4pjeE2.
Videos explaining Wreaths Across America that you can also share when spreading the word about the program:
-"What is Wreaths Across America?" (30 second spot explaining Wreaths Across America mission)- https://vimeo.com/240521739
-"What is a Veterans Wreath?" (4 and a half minute video explaining what and why of Wreaths Across America, as well as the significance of each of the 10 bouquets that make up each wreath)- https://vimeo.com/160939448
Please direct any questions to Maj Kristen Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support of our squadron!
Click here to assist on National Wreaths Across America Day December 16!
Click here for a wreath sponsorship form!
Click here to sponsor a wreath online today!