Wreaths Across America collection begins


TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – In 2015, Wreaths Across America raised enough money to place nearly 1 million wreaths across graves of American veterans. The collection has already started for the 2016 campaign.

Gold Star Mothers Dana Vann and Pam Mow stopped by News 18 This Morning to tell us how to help.

“It [Wreaths Across America] is a program that was started by a wreath maker 25 years ago,” began Vann. “He had some extra wreaths left before Christmas, and he trucked them down to Arlington [National Cemetery]. It’s now done all the way around the world – not only in the United States but foreign cemeteries too.”

The Gold Star Mothers are now looking for sponsorship for wreaths for the cemetery at the Indiana Veterans’ Home in Tippecanoe County.

“They can do it in honor of a loved one,” said Mow. “The wreaths all stay at the Indiana Veterans’ Home[‘s cemetery.]”

It costs $15 to sponsor one wreath. So far, 400 have been sponsored and 2,400 are still available.

“If you’re looking for something to do to honor a veteran, sponsor a wreath for a local cemetery,” said Vann.

You can browse an order form here. You can also directly contact Dana Vann by calling 765-414-3676 or emailing dvannmail@yahoo.com.

On a side note, the last Honor Flight of the year will be Monday, Oct. 24. The Gold Star Mothers invite the public to both see off and welcome the veterans at the Purdue Airport. The flight will leave sometime between 7 and 8 a.m. and return between 8 and 9 p.m.