WAA began as The Arlington Wreath Project, started by Morrill Worcester in 1992 with the donation and laying of 5,000 Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. It was relatively obscure until 2005 when a photo of the stones adorned with wreaths and covered in snow circulated around the internet. It was then that the project received national attention. In 2006, over 150 state & national cemeteries held wreath laying ceremonies simultaneously. By 2008, over 300 locations held wreath laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 cemeteries overseas. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veterans graves and over 60,000 volunteers had participated. Now the opportunity to adorn every hero’s grave has been made available to our community through the efforts of Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home in conjunction with the nearly 1,000 Veterans & Family Memorial Care Funeral Home Providers nationwide. Wreaths Across America reaches out to thousands of children each year with the message of Remember, Honor and Teach. The importance of honoring each fallen serviceman/woman as an individual is stressed. The wreath laying is now held each year on the second Saturday of December and was unanimously voted by the US Congress as “Wreaths Across America™ Day”. By offering sponsorships to the public, Wreaths Across America hopes that one day every veteran’s resting place will be adorned with a wreath for the holiday season.
Now through December 1st, you can stop in to Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home and sponsor a $15 wreath. You will choose whether the wreath gets sent to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery to adorn the grave of a fallen veteran there or if you would prefer, you can choose to pick your wreath up from the funeral home on Saturday, December 1st and place it on the grave of your loved one at any local cemetery.
Please call us at (708) 447-2500 for more information.