Volunteers Lay Holiday Wreaths at Arlington to Remember Our Fallen

December 13, 2009

(ChattahBox)—-It’s fitting that the holiday wreaths to honor our fallen soldiers come from the hardy State of Maine, with its rocky coastline and abundant stately evergreens. On Saturday, hundreds of volunteers arrived at National Arlington Cemetery, sponsored by the non-profit group, Wreaths Across America, from Harrington, Maine to lay fresh fir wreaths with bright red hand-tied bows on thousands of white marble graves. The volunteers included veterans, some with a tears in their eyes, and students from Canaan, Maine who raise money for the trek to our nation’s Capitol from year-long fundraising events.

The group Wreaths Across America was created, by Karen and Morrill Worcester of Maine, to handle the growing requests for nationwide wreaths to honor our soldiers. And the group now provides wreaths to honor our soldiers to over 300 cemeteries. For the Worcesters, the holiday tribute began in 1992, when the couple would travel to Arlington on their own to lay the holiday wreaths on the simple headstones. Morrill Worcester, a hardy Mainer, was inspired by a visit to Arlington National Cemetery during a school trip.

The volunteers observed a moment of silence, before unloading three tractor-trailer trucks filled with fragrant fir wreaths. Karen Worcester spoke of the people underneath the white stones. “These are families here, they’re not stones, they’re not graves. This is our history, and we need to take that and teach that to our children. Our mission is to teach our children the value of freedom,” said Karen Worcester.

Wreaths Across America accepts donations and people can sponsor a wreath to honor a fallen soldier, with prices ranging from $15.00 for a single wreath to $1,500 for 100 wreaths, as a corporate sponsor.

The group not only coordinates the volunteers and thousands of wreaths every year, but also seeks to educate our children about the sacrifices made by our veterans. The group’s mission is remember; honor; and teach about the service and sacrifices of our veterans.

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Photo Source: Worcester Wreath Company


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