On May 3, Andrew Farrant, 8th grade, received this year’s Wreath Across America LEARN Award. The annual Wreaths Across America awards recognize those individuals and organizations that exemplify the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, by going above and beyond in efforts to honor those who have served and sacrificed for this country. The award was presented to him at the 4th Annual Service & Recognition Ceremony held on May 3, at The Officer’s Club at Ft. Myer in Arlington, VA.
The LEARN Award is given annually to a young individual who has learned and understands the Wreaths Across America mission and incorporates it into their life. Not only did 13-year-old Andrew step forward to raise funds to remember the more than 100 veterans laid to rest in his local cemetery, Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston and coordinating the event, he also demonstrated the true meaning of the mission by adapting and working hard to ensure those veterans were still remembered and honored when a technology error prevented those sponsored wreaths from arriving on time.
“With our annual awards, Wreaths Across America honors those special individuals and organizations who commit personal time, action and intention in remembering our nation’s fallen heroes,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “When I hear about a young person like Andrew, who really gets the true meaning of the mission and understands the value of our freedom, it gives me hope that the stories and names of those that served and sacrificed will live on long after I am gone. Andrew is a young man with character, and someone we can all learn from.”
Andrew coordinates Wreaths Across America Day ceremonies at Lakeview Cemetery. If you would like to learn more, please visit Andrew’s location page by clicking here or check out Andrew's radio interview tomorrow, May 23 at 6:00 a.m. and again at 6:00 p.m.
This year, National Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018. It is a free event, open to all people. For more information or to find a participating cemetery near you, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.