National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) announced today that Zion Union Cemetery
in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania will be joining in the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, as an
official location for 2023. This is the first year that the cemetery will participate in this national
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand
the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine
businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. 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. Wreaths Across America started as a simple gesture of thanks that has grown into a
national, yearlong movement of dedicated volunteers and communities coming together to not
only remember the nation’s fallen and honor their service, but to teach the next generation about
the value of freedom. This year, there will be more than 3,700 participating locations placing
veterans’ wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day – Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023 – with
more than two million volunteers coming together.
The goal for Zion Union Cemetery Association is to raise enough funds to place 50 sponsored
United States Colored Troops (“USCT”) veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of all the local
heroes laid to rest there, to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our
country never be forgotten and to bring the community together in patriotic commemoration.
“We are forever grateful for the thousands of supporters who dedicate their time, energy and
resources to fulfilling our mission all year long,” said Karen Worcester, executive director,
Wreaths Across America. “These individuals and their communities know the value of
remembering the fallen, honoring those who currently serve and teaching the next generation
about the sacrifices made for our freedom every day, and because of their continued support,
Wreaths Across America continues to grow and touch new people each year.”
Those interested in volunteering for Wreaths Across America or sponsoring a wreath for Zion
Union Cemetery are invited to visit the following link to learn more:
https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/174865/Overview/?relatedId=0 to learn more.
National Wreaths Across America Day is a non-political/religious event, and a free community
event open to all people.
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