Wreaths Across Canada (WAC)
WREATHS ACROSS CANADA is a non-profit organization dedicated to honouring and remembering all the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces for their service to preserving freedom and democracy in Canada and worldwide.
With over 225,000 deceased members of the Canadian Armed Forces buried in cemeteries coast-to-coast, WREATHS ACROSS CANADA encourages Canadians to make a personal connection with veterans, interred at burial sites, by placing balsam wreaths at their headstones. This ceremony is carried out on the first Sunday of December, at a time of year when families typically begin to gather.
WREATHS ACROSS CANADA was both inspired and modelled after Wreaths Across America , where their laying of wreaths ceremonies take place at over 300 military cemeteries in the United States of America before the Christmas holidays. In this way, WREATHS ACROSS CANADA encourages all communities to take similar steps to personally recognize and reflect upon the sacrifices and contributions of Canada’s greatest heroes.
Indisputably, we must never forget the words of a great soldier:
“…To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”
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