Wreaths Across America was a success

Richard Reuer


Today I would like to share with our local community readers the reasoning behind bringing Wreaths Across America to the Magic City of Minot.

Wreaths Across America started in 1992 as a simple gesture of gratitude by one man, a wreath maker from Maine, and his family. What he didn’t know at the time was that so many Americans, from every community in the country, felt the same as he did. They wanted to Remember their fallen, Honor those who serve, and Teach the next generation the value of freedom, but they didn’t know how.

Wreaths Across America grew into what it is today – more than 1,300 participating locations and nearly one million dedicated locations and nearly one million dedicated volunteers – because of the desire by so many to show thanks to the few who are willing to put their lives on the line each day for our freedoms.

The William G. Carroll American Legion Post #26 and Minot Civil Air Patrol – Magic City Composite Sq. have been hosting Wreaths Across America since 2014, and every year new sponsors join in to help sponsor wreaths for our fallen military heroes. Last year was the first year that extra wreaths of 140 were sent to Arlington National Cemetery. This year we were able to send over 440 to Arlington.

Thanks to the following businesses, banks, organizations, service clubs, churches and schools for making our 4th annual Wreaths Across America successful: Amvets Ladies Auxiliary Post #10; DAV Chapter 4; Dakota Square Mall; Eagles Auxiliary #2376; Faith United Methodist Men’s Group; First Western Bank & Trust; Grand Hotel; I Keating Furniture; Knights of Columbus Council #9839; Lighthouse Church; Margies Art Glass Studio; Minot Area Community Foundation; Minot Commission on Aging; Minot Lions Club; Minot Restaurants(Badlands’ Denny’s; Homesteaders; Krolls Diner; Longhorn Steakhouse; Olive Garden; Perkins; Ruby Tuesday; Village Inn; Minot Spouses Club; Minot City Campus High School; Northern Tier Federal Credit Union; Optimist Club of Minot; Pizza Ranch; St. Theresa Church of the Little Flower; St. Theresa Church of the Little Flower Confraternity of Christian Mothers; Sertoma Club of Minot; Somerset Court; Trinity Lutheran Cemetery; Vincent United Methodist Church; and local floral shops Artistic Ambiance, Flower Box; Flower Central; Lowes Floral & Gardens; and Seasons.

Thanks to the pastor and church family of Vincent United Methodist Church for hosting our fourth annual Wreaths Across America ceremony in their facility. We have been given the word that the church will be honor to host this event again next year, Dec. 15, 2018.

This year has been our highest number of sponsored wreaths in the Minot surrounding area and those who ordered online. We brought in a total of 936 sponsored wreaths, which is a 94 percent from our goal of 1,000. This gives us room for growth next year and possibly more will join our worthy cause.

Thanks to our many volunteers who came out to help make this years Wreaths Across America run smoothly.

Just a reminder that Wreaths Across America applications are provided at the Rosehill Memorial Park Cemetery office during their office hours Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. So if you did not get a chance to sponsor this year, you can start from January 2nd – November 22nd.

God bless you all and happy New Year.