Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, today announced that Jersey Mike’s, a sub sandwich franchise with hundreds of locations nationwide, has donated $100,000 to Wreaths Across America. All of the funds raised will help Wreaths Across America accomplish its mission to place 220,000 wreaths — one at every fallen hero’s headstone — at Arlington National Cemetery on the National Day of Remembrance on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. This is the first time in Arlington’s history that every veteran will be recognized with a wreath and brief moment of silence.
From June 27 through July 11, Jersey Mike’s celebrated “Christmas in July” with a nationwide fundraising and awareness campaign to benefit Wreaths Across America. Every Jersey Mike’s location participated in the campaign, encouraging friends, family, customers and community members to donate to the cause. Each location also distributed specially designed cards thanking soldiers for their sacrifice and service.
“Donations are critical to successfully execute an event of this size and scope,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “We are touched by Jersey Mike’s time, energy and commitment to our mission. This donation is tremendous and will help us honor those who fought to protect our freedoms. We thank everyone involved for supporting us as we strive to make Dec. 10th an unforgettable day. We look forward to sharing in this special journey with them.”
Fifty trucks are taking part in Wreaths Across America’s week-long annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery to deliver the wreaths. Known as the world’s largest veterans parade, the Wreaths Across America convoy will stop at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities along the way to remind people of the organization’s mission to teach younger generations about the value of their freedom and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed their lives to protect those freedoms.
“As I travel throughout the country, I see welcoming parties gathering at airports to greet returning soldiers, and travelers going out of their way to thank those in uniform for their service to our country,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike's founder and CEO. “As we celebrated our nation's independence in July, Jersey Mike's was proud to join and support Wreaths Across America in its mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve and their families, and Teach our children the value of freedom.”
Jersey Mike’s franchise owners from around the country will be present at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 10 to support Wreaths Across America.
About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. The organization’s mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on the second Saturday of December at Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.
About Jersey Mike’s
Jersey Mike’s, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 500 stores open and under development nationwide, has a long history of community involvement and support. Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike’s serves authentic East Coast-style subs on fresh baked bread – the same recipe it started with over 50 years ago. The company’s mission is to bring its customers the highest quality, freshest made sub in the industry and give back to the communities in which it operates. A store locator and franchise information for Jersey Mike’s can be found at www.jerseymikes.com.
Mr. Wayne Hanson of the Maine State Society and Chairman of Wreaths Across America with Ruth Stonesipher, past National President of the American Gold Star Mothers and member of the Wreaths Across America Advisory Board, after receiving the $100,000 check from Jersey Mikes.