Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO Peter Cancro, along with team members and franchisees, laid wreaths for the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., as part of a National Day of Remembrance on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.
With the help of its customers, the national sub sandwich franchise raised $100,000 for Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington.
“In just a little over an hour, we laid 90,000 wreaths,” says Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “It was remarkable. Thanks to Jersey Mike’s Subs for helping us make this possible.”
WAA’s mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as in veterans cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.
Jersey Mike’s received a special honor as Cancro and Retired Air Force Master Sergeant and North-Carolina-based franchise owner Joseph Minyon placed wreaths on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
“This was truly an honor for me to put on my uniform after 13 years and be part of this ceremony as a representative of Jersey Mike’s,” says Minyon, who joined Jersey Mike’s in 1998, after retiring from 23 years of service. "It was a very significant moment to be part of placing wreaths on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This was truly an honor that has brought my two careers full circle."
Jersey Mike’s plans to continue its support of Wreaths Across America in 2012.