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Wreaths Across America
Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s, the nationwide sub sandwich franchise and Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the parade of wreaths will be traveling to the Vietnam War Memorial in Holmdel, N.J. The following day the convoy will make a stop on the USS New Jersey docked in Camden, N.J.
Jersey Mike’s has donated $218,282 to support its mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve and their families, and Teach our children the value of freedom.
The journey to Arlington National Cemetery began Saturday, Dec. 8, in Harrington, Maine and is traveling down the east coast, stopping along the way to visit schools, veteran’s homes, monuments and communities. The convoy will arrive in Arlington on Saturday, Dec. 15, for the National Remembrance Ceremony, ensuring that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country are not, and never will be, forgotten.
With the help of thousands of volunteers, Wreaths Across America (WAA) is working 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 their hometown.
The money raised by Jersey Mike's will help WAA lay more than 225,000 wreaths — one for every fallen hero’s headstone — at Arlington National Cemetery on National Wreaths Across America Day, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Last year, with the help of its customers, Jersey Mike’s raised $100,000 which helped WAA place 90,000 wreaths at Arlington on National Wreaths Across America Day.
|Where||New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center Exit 116, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ 07733|
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|Time||12:30 pm–1:00 pm|
More About New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial strives to encourage and foster patriotism and provide recognition of the sacrifices, courage and valor of the New Jersey veterans of the Vietnam Era. The Memorial honors the sacrifices made by New Jersey residents who gave their lives while serving in Southeast Asia and, at the same time, pays tribute to all who have served. The Memorial is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at no charge.
The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center strives to encourage and foster a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects that affected the United States, more particularly New Jersey. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and free for veterans, active military and children ages ten and under. Guided tours of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center are available to any group of 15 or more people. These guided tours are led by Vietnam veteran volunteers who share their personal experiences. Guided tours must be arranged in advance.
The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center welcomes more than 14,000 visitors a year. The two largest audiences are veterans and school students. The Museum and Educational Center was planned to augment the Memorial and help visitors gain a better understanding of the war in Southeast Asia and the surrounding political strife in America. It complements the solemnity of the Memorial with a dynamic and lively learning environment.
Other events here
- Memorial Day Celebration at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Mon, May 27, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
- POW/MIA & Gold Star Mother Ceremony at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Mon, May 27, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
- What You Should Know about the VA Health Care System Sat, Jun 8, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
- Modern Vietnam: A Fulbright Scholar's Perspective Sat, Jul 27, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
- 3rd Annual Car and Motorcycle Show to Benefit the NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation Sun, Sep 29, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
- The War Power and American Foreign Policy: Vietnam to the War on Terrorism Sat, Nov 9, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
- Veterans Day Ceremony Mon, Nov 11, 11:00 am
- Annual Holiday Lighting at the Memorial Sat, Dec 7, 6:00 pm