2007 will mark the 16th anniversary of holiday wreaths being sent from the State of Maine to Arlington National Cemetery. Each year the folks at Worcester Wreath Company make and decorate wreaths that will adorn 10,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, 2,500 wreaths to the Maine Veterans Cemetery at Togus, and over 1,800 ceremonial wreaths, representing all brances of the armed forces, will be sent to over 200 other State and National Cemeteries and Veterans monuments across the country. Ceremonial wreaths, for the first time, have been sent to the 24 veterans cemeteries on foreign soil and aboard US ships sailing on all seven seas. Lastly, 51 wreaths will be donated for a special wreath-laying ceremony at each State Capitol and our Nation's Capitol.
All Wreaths will be laid concurrently on December 15 at 12 pm EST by volunteers.
Merrill Worcester explains the Wreaths Across America Project:
"Our goal is to expand the recognition of those who serve our country, both past, present, and future, as well as their families who deserve our support. Without the sacrifices of our veterans, there would be no opportunity to enjoy the freedoms, the life we live today."
The Patriot Guard Riders provided the honor escort from Harrington, Maine to Arlington, Virginia. The touching story of their journey and pictures of the wreath layings can be seen on their site.
To Sponsor a Wreath for next year, click here. or here.
To hear a wonderful interview with Morril Wincester by Andrea Shea King, go here and click Play