Mission BBQ to help with wreaths campaign

Mission BBQ
Mission BBQ opened its Davenport location at 2815 E. 53rd St. last year – marking its first restaurant in Iowa. The restaurant chain has more than 120 locations around the country. CREDIT DAVE THOMPSON

Wreaths Across America (WAA) and Mission BBQ restaurants announced the American Heroes Cup campaign to raise funds to sponsor veterans’ wreaths to be placed on National Wreaths Across America Day in December of 2023.

Beginning Saturday, Nov. 12, and going through the end of the year, for every American Heroes Cup purchased at any of the 121 Mission BBQ locations, $2 will be donated to WAA to sponsor  wreaths for veterans. 

Among the participating locations is Mission BBQ at 2815 E. 53rd St., Davenport, which opened in April as the company’s 115th store – and its first Mission BBQ in Iowa. 

“We owe everything to our nation’s veterans, who have risked all that a person can to defend and protect this country,” said Bill Kraus, co-founder of Mission BBQ. “It’s an honor to provide support to Wreaths Across America in remembering the fallen and thanking military families for their sacrifices.”

In 2021, Mission BBQ customers raised $550,920 for WAA through its American Heroes Cup campaign, sponsoring the placement of more than 36,700 veterans’ wreaths in memory of our nation’s veterans.

These wreaths will be placed by volunteers at more than 90 participating cemeteries this year on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 17.

Wreaths Across America is the non-profit organization best known for placing wreaths on veterans’ headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. In 2021, the organization placed more than 2.4 million sponsored veterans’ wreaths at over 3,100 participating locations nationwide. The organization’s yearlong mission is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach the next generation the value of freedom.

“Mission BBQ demonstrates the WAA mission in how they conduct business in the communities they serve,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “Sharing stories of American heroes, treating our nation’s veterans with the dignity and respect they deserve, while teaching the next generation, every day. We are honored to be a program worthy of their support and grateful for their customers who continue to live this mission in their communities across the country.”

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