Newfoundland and Labrador Branch
Wreaths Across Canada (WAC) is based on the Wreaths Across America organization that started in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virigina. WAC is a non-profit organization that specifically honours veterans buried in Canada. Not all of them died in battle, although many served in combat and peacekeeping missions, and during the Cold War. Some gave their lives or were wounded in training accidents or during peacekeeping operations, but all of them responded to their country’s call, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.
It was in 2009 that Wreaths Across Canada NL was started by D. Wayne Evans to honour his father, Fred Evans, a gunner in the 166th Newfoundland Field Regiment, Royal Artillery during WWII, who passed away on August 23, 2009. It was very important to do something to honour his father and his comrades.
On December 12, 2009, some 800 wreaths were placed on veteran’s graves in the Field of Honour at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. John’s. In 2010, an additional 400 wreaths were placed on graves of veteran’s resting in other cemeteries throughout St. John’s and Mount Pearl. Last year, there were 900 wreaths laid on veterans graves. It is his vision that this gesture of rememberance will spread to every cemetery throughout Newfoundland & Labrador.
On December 3, 2011, Wayne was honored to be invited by Mr. Craig McPhee, the Founder and President of Wreaths Across Canada to come and take part in their inaugural ceremony at Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa. Veterans and their families, serving members of the Canadian Forces, cadets, police, firefighters and the public helped lay more than 2700 wreaths.
WAC MISSION STATEMENT
Those members of the Canadian Forces
who lie in military cemeteries across Canada.
Those who have served Canada as members
of our military forces.
We will strive to TEACH Canadian youth the value of freedom.
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, December 12, 2009