National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) announced Dec. 1 that Jersey Mike’s Subs, a national fast-casual sub sandwich franchise, made a $300,000 donation and issued a challenge to help raise funds to sponsor veterans’ wreaths for placement at Arlington National Cemetery.

Rio Rancho has a Jersey Mike’s restaurant at 1121 Unser Blvd.

Jersey Mike’s has once again stepped up to help WAA reach its goal of placing a live balsam remembrance wreath at the headstone of every veteran buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Through Wednesday, Dec. 14, every $15 wreath sponsorship made at will be matched by the company, up to $300,000.

Since 2010, Jersey Mike’s has supported WAA’s mission with contributions totaling more than $3 million. Last year, across the country more than 2.4 million sponsored veterans’ wreaths were placed, including on all the markers of those buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Jersey Mike’s franchisees support WAA’s year-around mission to “Remember, Honor and Teach” through a variety of programs.

“Experiencing the placement of a wreath, and knowing the impact that one simple action has for so many, is truly meaningful,” said Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems Inc. “The thought of a headstone being left bare is unimaginable and we want to help make sure that doesn’t happen.”

For more information about participating at Arlington on National Wreaths Across America Day – this year, Saturday, Dec. 17, –  visit To find a participating location near you to support or to learn how you can volunteer in your community, click here.

“The veterans we honor committed themselves unselfishly at the most critical moments in our nation’s history,” said Karen Worcester, WAA’s executive director. “The generous support of the wonderful people at Jersey Mike’s ensures that we will be able to fulfill our mission in remembrance of these brave men and women.”

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