Wreaths Across America recognizes Hoosier sponsorship groups

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Jul. 9—Throughout the month of July, national nonprofit Wreaths Across America is celebrating its annual Giving in July campaign. It is a month dedicated to recognizing the volunteer Sponsorship Groups and individuals who "give back" to their communities while helping to share the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach, all year long.

Through this national program, WAA has given more than $17 million in local contributions over the last 14 years and has helped support local charitable efforts that include helping living veterans, combating homelessness, and feeding those in need.

In Indiana last year, the following local Sponsorship Groups ranked at the top in the state for their efforts to raise funds for local philanthropic efforts while raising wreath sponsorships for local service members laid to rest in their communities.

* Wreaths For Knox County in Vincennes

* Fort Wayne Composite Squadron, GLR-IN-201 in Fort Wayne, Roanoke, Yoder, and Columbia City

* Daughters of the American Revolution, Eliza Rizley Stacey Chapter in Carbon

* Rushville Chapter, NSDAR in Rushville and Arlington

* Rose Hill Cemetery Association, Inc. in Newburgh

* Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter, NSDAR in Indianapolis

* American Heritage Girls IN3712 in Fort Wayne

* Washburn Chapter NSDAR in Greencastle

* Ross' Run National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Versailles

* Evansville Society Children of the American Revolution in Evansville

"I have long said it would be disingenuous for us as an organization whose mission is to Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve and their families, and Teach the next generation the value of freedom, if we do not support other like-minded programs doing just that in their communities," WAA Executive Director Karen Worcester said. "Our Group Sponsorship Program is a year-round effort, but through Giving in July we hope to remind people that veterans and our current military service protect us 365 days a year and it is never too early to make a difference in your own community."

Wreaths Across America is the non-profit organization best known for placing wreaths on veterans' headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. However, in 2022, the organization placed more than 2.4 million sponsored veterans' wreaths at 3,100 participating locations nationwide. Throughout the calendar year, you can tune in to Wreaths Across America Radio, 24/7, to learn more about the mission and those who support it across the country, as well as the hundreds of local charitable efforts nationwide that are funded through wreath sponsorships.

The organization's mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. This year, on Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 17, 2022 more than 3,100 cemeteries will participate in National Wreaths Across America Day.

Since being formalized as a 501 ©3 in 2007, WAA has partnered with hundreds of local charities, community programs, and civic groups throughout the country to remember and honor our nation's veterans and active-duty military throughout the year. Giving in July celebrates these local "give back" efforts and highlights the opportunity to 'do good twice' through the sponsorship of veterans' wreaths.

You can help a deserving group in your area by sponsoring a veteran's wreath. Each $15 sponsorship goes toward a live, balsam wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero as we endeavor to honor all veterans laid to rest at noon on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.

To sponsor a wreath, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and sponsor a wreath.

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