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.