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MemorialWEST VIRGINIA IOTA VOLUNTEERS WITH WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA 2014

National Wreaths Across America remembrance ceremonies were held on December 13th, 2014; 12 Noon EST. The Wreaths Across America mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, was carried out by thousands across the nation -- especially by the members of the West Virginia Iota Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu who were in attendance on this solemn occasion.  The chapter, housed at American Military University/American Public University, is one of Pi Gamma Mu's largest and most active.  The chapter sponsor is Professor Allison G. S. Knox.  Prof. Knox also serves on the Pi Gamma Mu International Board of Trustees as the Chancellor of the Southeastern Region. 

The history of Wreaths Across America began with one man wanting to pay his respects to veterans.  Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine saw Arlington National Cemetery as a young boy.  In 1992, his company had an overstock of wreaths at the end of the holiday season.  With help from a former senator from Maine (Olympia Snowe), Worcester made plans for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery, a section which had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.  The annual tribute went on quietly for several years, until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet.  Suddenly, the project received national attention.  Requests for the wreaths came from every corner of the country; unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, Worcester began sending seven wreaths to every state, one for each branch of the military, and for POW/MIAs.  In 2007, the Worcester family, along with veterans, and other groups and individuals who had helped with their annual Christmas wreath ceremony in Arlington, formed Wreaths Across America, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  In 2008, the US Congress unanimously voted December 13th as "Wreaths Across America Day".

 

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Madingley American Military Cemetery, Madingley, Cambridge, UK.  One of the WV Iota chapter officers participating in one of WAA's international events.

Northern NV Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Fernley, NV.  Photo by Bryce Leinan.
Arlington Arlington National Cemetery,
Arlington, VA 
 


 

 


                   

 

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