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2019 Wreaths Across America Trip

Posted by hfalk on December 26, 2019 at 2:50 PM

Wreaths Across America 2019

Just over a week ago my family made our way down to Washington DC for our annual Wreaths Across America trip. If you don't know what Wreaths Across America is, it's an event held at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington Virginia that organizes the placement of wreaths on Veteran’s graves. On Saturday December 14, we had arrived at Arlington cemetery a little before 7 am, and were able to watch the trucks that transport the wreaths come in. Although the gates did not open until 8, the entrance was already filled with hundreds of people. Each year there are thousands of volunteers to help lay the wreaths on America’s heroes graves. Wreaths Across America’s mission is to remember, honor and teach, and their mission statement has an effect on all of the volunteers that participate each year.


For the second time, I had the honor of placing a wreath on Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel’s marker. Andrew was stationed in Afghanistan when he lost his life on March 11, 2013. His family started an organization in his honor, called APK Charities. Their mission statement is “APK Charities was created to help us properly honor and remember the life, bravery, and humanitarian spirit of our son, Captain Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel. The past fifteen years of war have caused America’s military and their families to make enormous sacrifices. We seek to raise awareness and support for our active, retired, wounded and fallen warriors and their families and to provide financial aid and material assistance to charitable organizations and causes. APK Charities mission is to serve as a bridge connecting our society and our Armed Forces, opening our hearts and minds to serve those who protect us.” To learn more about Captain Andrew Pedersen Keel and APK charities you can check out their website here

If you would like to learn more about Wreaths Across America, you can check out their website, which will be linked below.

Additionally, I am so honored to be able to attend this event every year, as it truly makes a difference. The next WAA date is December 19, 2020, if you are interested in learning more about attending this event next year, please message me!


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