MATTHEW BLOUNT POST 555
P E L H A M, A L A B A M A
Donate through American Legion Matthew Blount Post 555
The Executive Committee of Post 555 made a commitment several years ago to consolidate donations and forward them to the Blue Star Salute Foundation, Inc. (BSSFI) feeling that a larger contribution, while still acknowledging individual contributors and memorial designations, would follow the American Legion commitment to support Veterans and their families. That is the basis for the Triple Nickel program.
However, any donor can choose to join in the Post consolidated donation or to donate individually. We do not become involved with or handle individual donations; those must be handled directly by the donor. Individual donations can be made either directly with the Blue Star Salute Foundation (BSSFI) (https://bluestarsalute.org/wreaths-across-america), the Support Committee for the Alabama National Cemetery (SCALNC) (https://scalnc.org/wreaths-across-america) or the National Wreaths Across America (WAA) website (https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/15482/Overview/?relatedId=0&modSw=donate). Both BSSFI and SCALNC accept donations via credit card or PayPal or via a mail-in form that is available for download on their websites.
The SCALNC schedules, plans, and executes the WAA Ceremony at the ALNC. SCALNC Chairman Pam Nichols is the national WAA Location Coordinator for WAA at the ALNC."
December 16, 2023 is National Wreaths Across America Day. WAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2007 as an extension of The Arlington Wreath Project, with over 1,500 participating locations in all 50 states and 24 National Veteran Cemeteries on foreign soil.
Wreaths Across America at the Alabama National Cemetery is a program of the Support Committee for the Alabama National Cemetery with fund raising support from 20 fundraising groups including BSSFI. For updated information on the ceremony and/or to volunteer for WAA at ALNC, visit the SCALNC website https://scalnc.org or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/scalnc .
Remember. Honor. Teach.
In 2008, over 300 locations held wreath-laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico, and 24 overseas cemeteries. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on Veterans’ graves. Over 60,000 Volunteers participated. And that year, December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the U.S. Congress as “Wreaths Across America Day”.
In 2014, Wreaths Across America and its national network of Volunteers laid over 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond, including ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial as well as Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, and the sites of the 9/11 tragedies. This was accomplished with help from 2,047 sponsorship groups, corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of helping hands. The organization’s goal of covering Arlington National Cemetery was met in 2014 with the placement of 226,525 wreaths.
The wreath-laying is still held annually on the second or third Saturday of December. WAA’s annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery has become known as the world’s largest Veteran’s parade stopping at schools, monuments, Veterans’ homes, and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to:
Remember our fallen U.S. Veterans,
Honor those who serve and
Teach your children the value of freedom.