Honoring Heroes Challenge

Event Date

Mon, Oct 12, 2020


Chantilly, VA

About This Activity


We have promised to Never Forget our Fallen Heroes.  
Through all wars and conflicts, our military heroes have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.  

Each December, through Wreaths Across America, the headstones of our fallen heroes are adorned with a fresh balsam fir wreath.  Additionally, it is Wreaths Across America's mission to "Remember Our Fallen U.S. Veterans, Honor Those who Serve, and Teach Children the Value of Freedom".   

Join Wreaths Across America and the American Heritage Girls and Trail Life Troops at New Life Christian Church in their fundraising efforts to raise funds for 400 wreaths to be placed on more than half of the known veteran heroes' headstones at Columbia Gardens Cemetery (VACOLU).  We are working hard to exceed our goal to ensure a wreath will be placed on all of the 750 known veteran headstones in the cemetery.  With your registration, a wreath is automatically bought for this amazing opportunity, and $5 will go to supporting the two troops for special events. 

The Honoring Heroes Challenge can be completed anytime between October 12 and Veteran's Day (November 11).  The 3.1 mile challenge is yours to create!   Run, walk, hike, or ruck (carrying a heavy load during the challenge) at a favorite location of your choosing!  Plus, download the RaceJoy app to ensure the best experience, as a Virtual Race Anywhere course will be shared.  It will include several wonderful cheers to help you along.  Don't forget to encourage others to join you in this Challenge! 

"Be An American Worth Fighting For" with your run, walk, hike, or ruck (carrying a heavy load during the challenge) participation! 
Wreath Sponsorship and Sign-up Process
  • Sponsor Wreath Only: If you would like to support us by sponsoring directly and not take part in the Challenge, please visit our Wreaths Across America Website and click on “Sponsor Wreaths” to donate. Checks should be made out to "Wreaths Across America" ($15 per wreath), and please add to the check memo line our Group ID#: VA0312P, Location ID#: VACOLU; Troop #: VA0122.  This will allow $5 to support the two troops.  Check ma be hand delivered to a VA-0122 American Heritage Girls or Trail Life Troop Leader, or it may be mailed to: Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 249, Columbia Falls, Maine 04623.  Please be sure to write in the check note line: Group ID#: VA0312P; Location ID#: VACOLU; Troop #: VA0122.
  • Sponsor Wreath and Challenge Participation:  If you would like to sponsor AND take part in the Challenge, please follow these steps: 
    1. Please click on this Sign Up link or the red Sign Up botton above to register and consider donating beyond the signup to help us reach our goal.  Our Honoring Heroes sponsors are covering administration fees, so all of your donation goes to wreath sponsorship and fundraising!  Participant pricing structure is below:
      • September 14 – 30:  $20 wreath sponsorship
      • October 1 - October 11:  $25 wreath sponsorship 
      • October 12 – November 4:  $35 wreath sponsorship or above
    2. Download RaceJoy app to get the full virtual race experience.
    3. Encourage others to join you in our Challenge or by donating directly to meet our 400+ wreath goal!
    4. Complete your creative challenge of your choosing sometime between October 12 and Veterans Day (November 11).  Do be sure to share on social media and tell us about your challenge experience and share your photos on the CompetitorME and Trail Life VA-0122's Facebook pages!
    5. After we reach our 400+ wreath goal, come join us to lay these wreaths at Colombia Gardens Cemetery on December 19 at 9:00 AM.
Important Dates
  • September 14 –  November 4: Challenge Open Registration 
  • October 12 – Veteran's Day (November 11):  Challenge Period Open.  Run, walk, hike, or ruck anytime during this period! Do be sure to share on social media and tell us about your challenge experience by sharing your photos on the CompetitorME and Trail Life VA-0122 Facebook pages!
  • December 19: Come join us to lay wreaths at Columbia Gardens Cemetery (Please join us to lay wreaths bought by this fundraiser challenge!)
Become an Honoring Heroes Challenge Corporate Sponsor
Own or lead a business that would like to sponsor this worthy fundraising challenge?  Please contact us today to see how you can play a vital part of our challenge!
COVID Guidelines

Your challenge is completely up to you and your imagination, so be creative but be safe!  Please follow Center for Disease Control and your state and local guidelines in planning and conducting your Honoring Heroes Challenge.  
Here are a few Center for Disease Control guideline resources:  
Here are a few Commonwealth of Virginia’s guideline resources:  
Additional Receipt Information
Thank you for your sponsorship for Wreaths Across America (EIN 20-8362270)!
Please know that this event has a return value of $7.00.

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