Taking Small Steps Every Year; Will Get Us There
By Lt Col Ismael J. Rodríguez, Muniz ANG Base Cadet Sq., Puerto Rico Wing | Publish: 12/15/2018


Photo: Cadet Technical Sergeant Luiz Torres Remember, Honor and Teach as he salutes during the Wreath Across America ceremony.


Bayamon, Puerto Rico --

On December 15th, 2018 on the annual Wreaths Across America Day Civil Air Patrol at Puerto Rico Wing have 225 participants at the ceremony; including nearly 59 volunteers to placed more than 900 wreaths for our fallen military members; all of them showing and committed to the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.

“This year was a blessed year. We have more wreaths ever since we start few years ago. Our goal to have much more wreaths every year is becoming a dream come true” said Lt Col Ivelisse Peña, Project Officer for the event since 2016. “I have a lot of family members and friends that served and currently serving defending the value of freedom and is our obligation to remember, honor and teach our citizen from all ages the importance of the Wreath Across America”.

During the ceremony held on December 15th, 2018 we had the visit of important guest; thanks to them for their commitment to the Wreath Across America:

BG Victor Perez – Military Order of World War

Col William Griffin – Army Representative

Col Edgardo Torres – Puerto Rico Wing Commander

Lt Col Rachel Wienke – Rodriguez Army Health Clinic OIC

Hon. Angelo Cruz – Major from Ceiba City

Ms. Natalie Hubble – Acting Director of the Puerto Rico National Cemetery

Mr. Frankie Martinez – Disable American Veteran

Mr. Cristino Lozada – USAA

Mr. Edwin Ramos Jourdan – Suvervior Outreach Services

Mrs. Kim Lee – Korean Veteran in Puerto Rico

Mr. Jimmy Rivera – WAA PR – New York Group

Mrs. Noemi Soto - WAA PR – New York Group

Mrs. Emire Rodríguez – Military One Source

Ms. Nannette Rendón – WAA Yearly Sponsor: Rendon Mortgage

Mrs. Krishner Melendez Viner - WAA Yearly Sponsor: Viner Funeral Home

We had this year new proud sponsor to the Wreath Across America in Puerto Rico. "We are amazed at the sum we were able to donate to this cause," states Walmart-Puerto Rico Director Public and Government Affairs, Iván Báez. "I know that the Wreath Across America – Puerto Rico are incredibly appreciative of this donation," reflects Báez. "Five thousand dollars can go a long way to help them accomplish their goals, and we know that every dollar will go to wreaths for those military member and continuo in the tradition to remember, honor and teach."

Additional to that members of the Puerto Rico government also contributed immensely by making the difference and donated to the Wreath Across America. The office of the Honorable Carlos “Johnny” Mendez Nuñez (President of the House of Representative), Honorable Thomas Rivera Schatz (President of Senate), Mrs. Maria Van Rhyn and the Office of the Commissioner Resident of Puerto Rico were proud donor of this year Wreath Across America. Our organization is deeply appreciated for your contributions.

Special thanks to all personnel from the Civil Air Patrol and PR National Cemetery for your contribution and great commitment to our event.

Next year Wreath Across America event will be held at the Puerto Rico National Cemetery on December 14th, 2019. For the purchase/donation for wreaths please visit us to www.prwg.us and click on the Wreath Across America logo for more in detail information. Also, you can reach us calling (787) 543-2067 and (787) 721-3523.

Puerto Rico Wreaths Across America is a free event and open to all people.

About Wreaths Across America Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,600 cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information or to sponsor a wreath, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Information Contact: Lt Col Ivelisse Peña

Wreaths Across America Coordinator – Puerto Rico

(787) 721-3523/(787) 543-2067 

Email: waapr@prwg.us


This article was produced from the Southeast Region Online News system. Electronic distribution is made possible through syndicated services. For more information, contact the Chief Editor Lt Col Judy Steele at JSteele@sercap.us.