WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

December 19, 2020

Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day, December 19, 2020, at the Valley Forge National Historical Park. 

Sponsor a wreath with us to honor our veterans.   

 

Two ways to sponsor a wreath:

     1.   Online:  To sponsor a wreath, you may either go to wreathsacrossamerica.org and click “Specific Cemetery” underneath “Sponsor Wreaths”.  Choose your number of wreaths and then in the “Select Location to Support”, enter “Valley Forge National Historical Park.” It will show Your Cart where you can pay for your items.  Here is the direct link.

OR

     2.   Mail this form:  Complete the information to submit with your check made out to “Wreaths Across America”.

Greetings DVF Members,

 

We are unveiling an exciting new project this year to honor our Valley Forge patriots.  Last year, the Pennsylvania Brigade brought the Wreaths Across America project back to Valley Forge National Historical Park (VFNHP) after many years of absence. We had a goal of placing 100 wreaths around the park’s National Memorial Arch. That goal was far surpassed, and we have several hundred wreaths reserved for this December.

 

This year, we are participating in the Wreaths Across America as a national organization by both purchasing and laying wreaths at the VFNHP on December 19, 2020. We would love to see as many wreaths around the park as possible, and are partnering with the Valley Forge Park Alliance as a fundraising group to ensure another successful year. Last year’s event was held in the rain, and we welcomed nearly 100 guests including DVF and VFPA members, the National Park Service, Delta Sigma Theta, Patriotic Order Sons of America, Boy and Girl Scout troops, college alumni associations, and quite a few park guests. We want to continue the momentum and excitement for the history of Valley Forge and strengthen our connection with the park.

 

For those unfamiliar, here is a brief history from Wreaths Across America from their website:

In December 1992, wreath maker Morrill Worcester found himself with a surplus of 5,000 wreaths during the holiday season. Worcester saw the surplus as an opportunity to pay tribute to our country’s veterans and, with the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arranged for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 2007, the Worcester family along with veterans and volunteers formed the non-profit organization Wreaths Across America. Wreaths Across America’s mission is simple: Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve, and Teach the next generation about the value of freedom. In 2018, Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers placed nearly 2 million veterans’ wreaths at more than 1,600 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

We greatly appreciate your participation and support as we work to grow this admirable project in Valley Forge. If you would like to donate, you have two options: donate online or complete the form and mail a check. All the information you need to donate is found on the following Wreath Sponsorship Form.  All donations to the DVF wreaths, in order to be recognized, need to be made by November 30, 2020. 

 

We hope to see as many DVF members as possible on December 19, 2020 at the park!

Stay tuned for more information!

 

Courtney Cunningham

DVF Wreaths Across America Committee Chair

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Last Updated July 2020

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Congratulations to the Society of Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge for being an "APEX" winner for 2018 for our official publication called The Encampment.  Click on the photo above to see an issue of this award-winning newsletter.

One of the most iconic commemorative works on the American Revolution, William Trego's March to Valley Forge was painted in Philadelphia and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1883.  It was conserved in 2011, thanks to funding from the Society of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge and now hangs in the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, PA.

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