With two weeks remaining in the Wreaths Across America (WAA) annual Giving in July campaign, the City of San Marcos encourages residents to support the national non-profit organization and the Veteran Affairs Advisory Committee by sponsoring a wreath.
The campaign celebrates local groups and offers the opportunity to donate to local organizations through the Group Sponsorship Program.
Through the program, WAA gives back one wreath for every two $15 wreath sponsorships made to support local groups, including the City Council-appointed Veteran Affairs Advisory Committee.
“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 serve and protect us 365 days a year,” said Wreaths Across America Executive Director Karen Worcester. “It is never too early to make a difference in your own community.”
Through the national program, WAA has given back nearly $15 million in local contributions over the last 13 years. The fundraising effort has supported the Veteran Affairs Advisory Commission’s mission to ensure traditions that honor veterans are perpetuated.
“Supporting Wreaths Across America and participating in event year-round is important to our community,” said City of San Marcos Recreation Program Manager and Local WAA Site Coordinator Lisa Morris. “Our participation honors our local veterans and their families while allowing our community to remember, honor, and teach about the sacrifices made by our military members.”
More than 2,500 cemeteries across the country, including the San Marcos City Cemetery, will participate in National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, December 18, 2021. To support the San Marcos Veteran Affairs Advisory Committee by sponsoring a wreath for the San Marcos City Cemetery, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/TX0916.
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.