Azalea Charities Helps Holy Trinity Youth Honor Fallen Quantico Veterans through Wreaths Across America

Prince William, Virginia – Azalea Charities is helping a troop of American Heritage Girls and the Fredericksburg Civil Air Patrol (CAP) share the spirit of the holidays by raising funds to lay wreaths on graves of our fallen heroes at Quantico National Cemetery. They join hundreds of other organizations through the Wreaths Across America Program to purchase the wreaths and lay them on the graves in early December. Azalea Charities Chairman & Founder, Frank E. Lasch, Sr. presented checks of $500 each to the American Heritage Girls and the CAP in keeping with the charity’s focus on community charities and Aid for Wounded Warriors.

The American Heritage Girls are part of Troop VA0663 from Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, Virginia. According to Troop Coordinator Geraldine Erikson, “This is a great chance for the American Heritage Girls to work together to honor our Veterans. We designated Quantico in honor of Thomas P. Vander Woude, Sr., a Navy Veteran who died in 2008 saving the life of his son. He was the father of our Holy Trinity pastor, Father Thomas Vander Woude.”

Freya Slocumb, Chief Master Sergeant, of the Fredericksburg Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol accepted the check on behalf of her organization. She is part of the Cadet Program which exists to encourage and inspire youth to become leaders in their community. The Cadet Program Curriculum includes physical fitness training, leadership development, character development and aerospace education. As the cadets fulfill their achievements, they earn rank, awards and/or certificates.

Frank Lasch, comments, “We like to encourage our young people to appreciate the value of honoring our nation’s heroes. Causes like this bring together the dual mission of Azalea Charities to serve our local community and our wounded warriors and especially our fallen.

On National Wreaths Across America Day each December, volunteers place wreaths on individual Veterans’ graves in over 1,200 locations throughout the U.S., with ceremonies at sea and at each of the national cemeteries on foreign soil. The organization began with Morrill Worcester donating his company’s surplus of 5,000 wreaths to place at Arlington Cemetery. In 2007 a dedicated group of volunteers formed Wreaths Across America as a non-profit 501-(c)3 to continue the mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.


Joining together to support Wreaths Across America at Quantico Cemetery are (front row – left to right) members of Holy Trinity American Heritage Girls Troop VA0633 Isabella Hall; Nora O’Neill; and Audrey Brewster. Top row is Geraldine Erikson, Troop Coordinator; Freya Slocumb, Chief Master Sergeant, Civil Air Patrol, Fredericksburg Composite Squadron; and Frank E. Lasch, Sr., Chairman & Founder of Azalea Charities.