Welcome to El Paso Wreaths
Thank you for your support.
THE DEADLINE TO ORDER WREATHS ONLINE IS NOVEMBER 30, 2022
We are now accepting online sponsorships. To order online please use the "Support Us/Online Sponsorship Link" to the left.
Please remember that these are Rememberance wreaths and NOT Christmas wreaths, we ask that you refrain from putting any decorations on these wreaths and take away from the meaning of these wreaths. Under the Wreaths Across America program the intent is to place ONE wreath on each veterans grave, here at Fort Bliss we are allowed to place ONE wreath on each side of a double headstone, i.e. Husband/wife, parent/child.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
El Paso Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol is proud to host the 2022 Wreaths Across America Day and to be a part of this nationally recognized program, which honors and remembers our veterans from all services.
Our partners this year are El Paso Chapter Ninety Nines, El Paso Aviation Association, El Paso Marine Memorial Association.
This program is made possible by the generous support and rememberance by the families and friends of those interred in over 1000 locations worldwide.
As we get closer to the event we will publish updates here and on our Facebook page - Wreaths Across America El Paso.
Beginnings in Arlington
Worcester Wreath and its involvement with the Arlington project was inspired at the early age of 12 years old when, as a Bangor Daily News paper boy, Morrill Worcester won a trip to the Nation’s Capital. It was a trip he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an indelible impression. In later life, he recognized that his success as a businessman was in large part, due to the values of this Nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
In 1992, the Wreath Company found themselves with an excess of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Seeing an opportunity to make a boyhood dream a reality, efforts to do something special with those wreaths began in earnest. With the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery, a section which received fewer visitors with each passing year.
Wreaths Across America
It was relatively obscure until 2005 when a photo of the stones adorned with wreaths and covered in snow circulated around the internet. The project received National attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries spurred the creation of “Wreaths Across America™”. Unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, Mr. Worcester conceived the idea of sending 7 wreaths (one for each branch of the military as well as POW/MIA). In 2006 with the help of the CAP and other civic organizations, over 150 locations held wreath laying ceremonies simultaneously. Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)3 organization. (Federal ID # 20-8362270) Each year, the Worcester Wreath Company (Harrington, ME) provides wreaths for placement on every grave in Arlington National Cemetery, and ships an ever increasing number of wreaths to over 1,000 locations worldwide.
Its committment to Remember-Honor-Teach the importance and contributions made by our veterans remains a top priority.
Civil Air Patrol is a non-profit organization (Federal ID # 75-6037853). If you would like to support us, please check out the Support Us page for more information.
Check out our Events page to find out what events we will be organizing in the near future.
Please check under Events & Projects for the lastest volunteer information.
As we get closer to the event on December 17, 2022 we will post updates as needed.