The Wreaths Across America story is a wonderful one of honor, patriotism and generosity. Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine has donated over 5,000 wreaths for the graves of the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery every year since 1992, and the company has absorbed the trucking costs as well, when volunteers are not available. See a video below.
Today, December 11th is the day the wreaths will be placed on the graves of our Nation’s heroes in Arlington. This year, wreaths will be placed in Section 60:
Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, it is where we lay to rest many of those lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a place of raw emotions for the families who go there to mark the holidays without their loved ones.
The following is from 2008, so the 90,000 wreaths have now grown to many more:
The Wreaths Across America story began over 15 years ago when Worcester Wreath Company (a for-profit commercial business from Harrington, Maine) began a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery during the holidays.
Over that period of time, Worcester Wreath has donated 90,000 wreaths which were placed by volunteers in a wreath-laying ceremony each December. But as word spread, the mission to Remember; Honor; and Teach about the sacrifices made by our veterans has captured the hearts and minds of many communities across the Country.
In December 2007, 286 participating locations hosted Wreaths Across America ceremonies overseeing the placement of 32,553 wreaths on the headstones of those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms. In 2008 that number will exceed 350 locations and 100,000 wreaths placed in honor.
You can help in this massive annual effort by sponsoring a wreath or wreaths. Individual wreath sponsorship is $15.00 per each wreath. Family sponsorship of four wreaths is $60.00, Small Business Sponsorship of ten wreaths is $150.00 and a Corporate Sponsorship of $100.00 wreaths is $1,500.00. There are other donation packages as well. See them all here. If you have a trucking company that can help escort the wreaths to Arlington, your services will be welcomed.
This video takes a minute to get into but is well-worth watching.
Worcester Wreath Company – Arlington National Cemetery (video)