At Leadership Conference in Ocala, Florida, March 1, 2014, Janice Dietrich, Florida State Hope for Heroes Co-Chair, presented the Florida State Council with a certificate of appreciation from Wreaths Across America (WAA) recognizing the participation of Florida chapters in its 2013 program. State Council President Kayla Andux accepted the certificate on behalf of the chapters.
December 14 last year saw Florida ESA chapters sponsoring 119 live green wreaths with a red velvet ribbon, which were among the 9,200 wreaths placed at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The program started in Arlington National Cemetery and grew to over 300 locations in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries.
December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the U.S. Congress as “Wreaths Across America Day.” Two
years later, over 220,000 memorial wreaths were laid at 545 locations in the U.S. and beyond.
Sigma Tau Chapter #5101 in Clearwater, Florida, with Janice as WAA’s group leader, will again promote this philanthropic program in 2014. As done last year, for every two wreaths purchased for $15 each, WAA will place three wreaths. And this year, the first two wreaths will be placed at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, and the third wreath will be placed at Arlington National Cemetery in recognition of its 150th year.
Also, you don’t have to wait until fall to participate in the program. One Florida contributor has chosen WAA as an avenue for alternative giving, purchasing wreaths for birthdays, memorials or other occasions.