The national nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) is producing a free virtual “Giving in July” concert on Facebook to replace its annual “Stem to Stone Rally in the Valley” weekend event in Maine.

The family-friendly virtual concert event will air live, nationwide on the WAA official Facebook page on Sunday, July 19, at 7 p.m., featuring patriotic musical guests who are supportive and appreciative of the country’s veterans and their families, and the organization’s mission to remember, honor and teach.

The event will include a special message from Operation Red Wing lone survivor, United States Navy SEAL (RET) Marcus Luttrell and his wife, Melanie, from their home in Texas. Also, during this virtual concert there will be appearances from local volunteers across the country who are giving back in their own communities through their participation in the WAA program.

Performers will include, but are not limited to Craig Morgan, Chris Roberts, Lindsay Lawler, Mark Wills, The Bellamy Brothers, The Don Campbell Band, Darryl Worley and Six-String Soldiers.

The event will also feature WAA Sponsorship Groups — like-minded civic and youth groups, veteran service organizations and other nonprofits — around the country who partner with WAA to raise funds and awareness in their own communities about the mission to remember, honor and teach.

Throughout the live event, viewers will have the opportunity to support the local groups and participating cemeteries in their hometowns. The sponsorship groups are part of a program where $5 of each $15 wreath sponsorship received goes back to them to be used locally for programs in their own community. Through this national program, WAA has given back more than $12 million in local contributions over the last 11 years.

“WAA recognizes Giving in July as opposed to the well-known Christmas in July because our program works with local sponsorship groups in communities across the country who are giving back, year-round,” said Karen Worcester, WAA executive director. “The local programs that benefit from this fundraising are oftentimes the bridge to keeping community-based veteran initiatives going in small towns. Through your support of WAA now, both nationally and on the local level, you are not only placing a wreath for a hero in December, but helping give back to these community efforts who need support.”

In accordance with the CDC’s recommendation against large gatherings stemming from concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a live virtual concert that will be held online using Vimeo Livestream, with the help of Black Fly Media and The Nashville Music Loft.

All donations received from this event will be used to sponsor fresh, balsam veterans’ wreaths to be placed by volunteers on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at more than 2,100 participating locations nationwide.

“Now, more than ever, we are excited to host this important virtual event to highlight all the good that unites us in communities across the country,” concluded Worcester.

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 thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

For more information or to sponsor a wreath, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

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