• Wreaths Across America Logo Wreaths Across America coming to Montgomery High School

    December 12, 2018 @ 3:45pm

    As part of its journey to Washington D.C., the national Wreaths Across America (WAA) convoy will be in Montgomery Township on Wednesday, December 12th and make a scheduled stop at Montgomery High School.

    With the help of thousands of volunteers, WAA works to fulfill its mission of remembering, honoring and teaching through the annual laying of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.  The wreaths’ journey to Arlington has become a tradition in itself, allowing locals along the route to share in the emotional and educational experience as the WAA convoy passes through towns.

    WAA will begin its trip to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 8th, in Washington County, Maine, and will travel down the east coast.  The convoy is scheduled to arrive in Arlington on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 15th, where it will be met by thousands of volunteers who will place a wreath for the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country, ensuring no one is forgotten.

    The ceremony at Montgomery High School (https://www.mtsd.k12.nj.us/mhs), located at 1016 Route 601, Skillman, NJ, is set to begin on the 12th at approximately 3:45pm.  Following the ceremony the convoy will travel to its next stop in New Jersey on its way to Delaware.

    Escort participants include American Gold Star Mothers, Blue Star Families, Gold Star Wives of America, veterans and the Wreaths Across America extended family. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Patriot Riders of America and Rolling Thunder will flank the escort along with law enforcement from Maine to ensure safe transport for all participants throughout the week.

    Each year, millions of Americans come together in local and national cemeteries in order to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom.  A new theme is chosen every year to help supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities.  In February, the national nonprofit announced the theme for 2018 as “Be their witness.”

    The inspiration for this year's theme stems from the 2009 drama "Taking Chance," which was based on the experiences of U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming from the Iraq War.

    For more information on Wreaths Across America, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.  For more information on their stop in Montgomery and the story of PFC Chance Phelps, please visit www.witnessinginmontgomery.info.