The cemetery will join the more than 1,200 participating locations across the country on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, to proclaim “I’m an American. Yes, I am!”
Columbia Falls, MAINE, and La Marque, Texas — December 7, 2017— National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) announced today that La Marque Cemetery in La Marque, Texas has once again joined the effort to support the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, as an official location for 2017.
Every December, thousands of wreaths are escorted from Columbia Falls, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery for National Wreaths Across America Day. The escort, made up of tractor trailers, public safety officials, local media and WAA supporters, makes dozens of stops along the way at community events, support rallies and school assemblies.
During the 2016 escort, a group of enthusiastic school children met the travelling wreaths with a meaningful song.
“As part of their performance, the children sang ‘I’m an American … YES, I am!’ and every single person standing in that auditorium couldn’t help but sing along, cheering and watching in awe as these children beamed with pride,” said WAA Executive Director, Karen Worcester. “That is what being an American is all about.” It is with this in mind that this year’s theme for National Wreaths Across America Day – Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 – is “I’m an American. Yes, I am!”
The goal for La Marque Cemetery is to raise enough funds to place 250 remembrance 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 and effort to fulfilling our mission on a local level,” Worcester said. “They 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 without their continued support, Wreaths Across America would not exist.”
Those interested in volunteering for Wreaths Across America, either locally or at Arlington National Cemetery, are invited to visit the WAA website to learn more. National Wreaths Across America Day is a free community event open to all people.
About Wreaths Across America
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. For more information, to sponsor wreaths or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.
Follow Wreaths Across America on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/WAAHQ and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/WreathsAcross.
About the City of La Marque: The City of La Marque is strategically situated in Galveston County approximately 15 miles south of Houston and four miles north of Galveston. La Marque is the second-fastest-growing city in the county with an estimated population of 16,000, an area of 14.25 square miles and boasting 14.3 miles of I-45 frontage. Citizens enjoy coastal living, abundant housing options and the security of a hurricane protection levee system. The city provides a wide range of programs including Bayou Fest, an annual concert series and BBQ Cook Off; Magical Winter Lights, a 52-day holiday lantern festival and Crawfish Bash, an annual crawfish cook off that earned Guinness Book of World Records ranking in 2017. City of La Marque offers easy access to world-class medical, travel and entertainment options. For business, La Marque offers creative incentives, an abundance of commercial property and build-to-suit opportunities. La Marque is the Gateway to the Gulf. Discover the possibilities at www.cityoflamarque.org.
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