Wreaths Across America

Posted: December 8, 2009 in Remembering Our Veterans

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFPN) -- Christmas wreaths adorn head stones at Arlington National Cemetery. The 14th annual wreath laying event is the result of Worcester Wreath Company's owner Morrill Worcester's, childhood dream of doing something to honor those laid to rest in the national cemetery. More than 5,000 donated wreaths were placed by volunteers this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi)

 December 6, 2009 – The Wreaths Across America Project is a national event to honor veterans at Arlington National Cemetery and over 400 participating locations nationwide.  Beginning on Sunday December 6 from the State of Maine over 100,000 wreaths will begin their journey to over 400 state and national veterans cemeteries all across the Country as part of the annual Wreaths Across America project.          

Escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders and other support groups, the wreaths will make their eventual home adorning the graves of our veterans – a solemn tribute to those who serve and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.          

The Wreaths Across America Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Recognition of the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and their families, is especially poignant during the traditional holiday season. Worcester Wreath Company continues to be a major supporter of the project, donating over 25,000 total wreaths in 2008. Over 100,000 wreaths will be sponsored by individuals, businesses, and groups from communities Nation-wide.        

Wreaths will be placed in all 50 states from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii, at several locations is Iraq, and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.          

For people who wish to support the project, wreath sponsorships are available online. A complete list of participating locations is available on the website at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org    

For more information about participating in the Wreaths Across America project please contact:  Maj. Wayne Merritt – Co-Director, Wreaths Across America at  207-483-2039 or wayne@wreathsacrossamerica.org            









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