In honour of Veteran Craig McPhee
Wreaths Across Canada Inc. is a non-profit organization started in 2007 by Craig McPhee, a veteran of the Canadian Forces. After a visit to Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC, McPhee was moved by how American servicemen and women are honoured each December by the placing of a wreath at the base of headstones. Wreaths Across America is the organization responsible for the annual commemoration. After years of hard work to gain support and approval, McPhee’s dream of creating an organization to honour Canadian veterans was fulfilled. Wreaths Across Canada Inc., is a registered Canadian Charitable Corporation with a Board of Directors. WRAC mission is to remember the contributions of Canadian military personnel, and their families who lie in military cemeteries across Canada.
“The goal is to commemorate the joy of the holidays by the results of the service and dedication of all who have served in the military in Canada,” said Warrant Officer Frank Larabie (retired), retired board member Wreaths Across Canada.
Unfortunately, due to illness, financial issues, and vacant Board positions, the ceremony was canceled in 2019
2021 Relaunch of Wreaths Across Canada
In early 2021, newly elected WRAC Board President Cyndi Mills (Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Military Family Magazine) and Vice President Nicolas McCarthy (Director of Marketing, Communications and Community Outreach ,Beechwood Cemetery) along with new and old members of the board started the conversation to revitalize Craig’s dream of placing a wreath on over 225000 grave sites across Canada. The 2021 goal is to place a wreath on 6000 grave sites at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.
Fallen Soldiers Wreaths
Created by Jodie and Bob Tessier, along with their community including 16 families and hundreds of acres of land (locally sourced near Ottawa Ontario), production of the environmentally conscious grape vine wreaths has begun for the 2021 ceremony. The Tessier family has helped Wreaths Across Canada transition to a completely green program with limited impact on the environment. The grape vine harvest began on October 1st, the burlap ribbon and twine has been ordered and three quarters of the 25,000 pine cones needed have been harvested!
From WAC to WRAC
When Wreaths Across Canada began, the board had purchased the website domain “wac.ca”. Unfortunately, the domain expired and was bought by a company that has NO AFFILIATION with the Wreaths Across Canada Charity. The board made attempts to contact the new owners with no avail, therefore the new “wrac.ca” site was made. We ask our supporters to spread the word about the wrac.ca updated site. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Levesque at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.
Ways to Donate
Wreaths Across Canada has utilized the online charity platform Canadahelps.org since 2015. CanadaHelps provides a secure Canadian platform, that provides instant tax receipts as well as options to give monthly, anonymously or business donations.
Please make cheque payable to “Wreaths Across Canada” and Mail to:
25 Civic Centre Rd PO Box 5004
Petawawa, ON K8H0B0