Wreaths Across America

Remember the fallen; Honor those who serve; Teach our children the value of freedom.

To sponsor a wreath at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash, click here.


https://wreaths.fastport.com/donateLocation.html?page=42245&relate=17278

If you have questions, please call Washington Wing Headquarters at (253) 982-7774 or email wawa@wawg.cap.gov. 




WAWG CAP Units: If your unit would like to register, please contact wawa@wawg.cap.gov to see whether you already have an established fundraising account with WAA - HQ.

Donate today and join CAP members December 16, 2017, for the Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.

McChord Field -- Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Washington Wing invite the public to sponsor remembrance wreaths for placement on the graves of veterans at Tahoma National Cemetery (Kent, Wash.) on December 16, to honor those who served the U.S. as well as current military members. Sponsors can even designate where the wreaths will be laid in the local community.

The wing’s efforts coincide with Wreaths Across America tributes occurring simultaneously across the nation, including Arlington National Cemetery, where the initiative began 22 years ago with the placement of 5,000 wreaths donated by Morrell Worcester, owner of Harrington, Maine’s Worcester Wreath Co. In 2006, Worcester and his family formed Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit initiative that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen during the year end holiday season.

As a major partner in Wreaths Across America for seven Decembers now, CAP has adorned memorials and veterans’ graves with evergreen wreaths to make sure the sacrifices of the nation’s soldiers are not forgotten. Last year, members of the public sponsored the placement of more than 325,000 wreaths at 700-plus cemetery or memorial sites across the U.S. and abroad. More than 600 CAP squadrons participated in last year’s Wreaths Across America ceremonies, in which wreaths were placed at cemeteries and memorials in all 50 states, as well as 20 locations overseas. 

Tahoma National Remembrance Ceremony 

  • Keynote Speaker: 5th District Legislative Representative Jay Rodne (Rep. Rodne is also a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves)
  • Active duty, reserve, or guard military personnel representing each honored branch: 
    USA, USAF, USN, USMC, USCG, USMM, MIA/POW
  • Gold Star Mothers 
  • USMC Rifle team - 21 gun salute
  • Bugler - Taps
  • Local High School Choir - National Anthem, more
  • Civil Air Patrol Color Guard

Wreaths Across America ceremonies are conducted largely by CAP wings and squadrons with the help of veterans’ organizations; private citizens; the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C., which annually assists with the laying of wreaths at Arlington; and the Patriot Guard Riders.



Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

 

Locally, Washington volunteers operate a fleet of 23 vehicles and 14 aircraft (Cessna 172s, 182s, and a 206, as well as 2 Blanik gliders) for inland search and rescue missions and cadet orientation flight instruction. The wing is comprised of 744 adult members (ages 18+) and 626 cadets (ages 12-21), organized into 27 squadrons, who contributed a value of $4.9 million in volunteer hours to their local communities and the citizens of Washington in 2016. Visit www.wawgcap.org for more information.