Wreaths Across America

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Website: wreathsacrossamerica.org
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In 1992, Merrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, ME. had a surplus of Christmas wreaths. Remembering a boyhood trip he made at 12 to visit Arlington National Cemetery, he made arrangements with the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snow to place wreaths in an older section of Arlington Cemetery.

The annual tribute continued for several years, including a special ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, until 2005, when a photo of Arlington in the snow with wreaths on the headstones received national attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all the country from people wanting to help with the Arlington project or emulate the project in their area. In 2007, Wreaths Across America, a non-profit 501(c)3 Corporation, was formed to continue and expand the wreath effort.

The mission of Wreaths Across America, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies on a specified Saturday in December in Arlington, as well as at veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states, ceremonies at sea and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.
in 2014, 69 trucks delivered 230,000 wreaths, placed by over 40,000 volunteers.

The Maine State Troopers Foundation is a sponsor and supporter of Wreaths Across America and attends the function. The Maine State Police assists in the escort from Maine to Arlington by the Patriot Guard Riders for the trucks carrying the wreaths, and also participate in the ceremony.

Wreaths Across America Slideshow – 2014 Arlington National Cemetery

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Wreaths Across America Volunteers in line to receive wreaths to place on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. Volunteers in line to receive wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery Volunteers place wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery Wreaths Across America volunteers place wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery Wreaths Across America volunteers continue laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery Headstone of Mark Robert Coleman, former Maine State Trooper, buried at Arlington National Cemetery Headstone of Mark Robert Coleman, former Maine State Trooper, decorated with wreath provided by Wreaths Across America Maine State Trooper Steve Morrill lays a wreath on the grave of David Wales. Maine State Police Sgt. Michael Field-Trooper Trevor Snow-Maine Governor Paul LePage and wife Ann-Lt. Mark Brooks-Trooper Steve Morrill at Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. Maine Governor Paul LePage and wife Ann lay a wreath at the USS Maine Mast Memorial, honoring those who died on the USS Maine on February 15, 1898 in Havana Harbor in Cuba. Maine State Police Troopers, Portland ME and Westbrook ME police in attendance. Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before the wreath is laid at the tomb. Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreaths of Harrington, ME, founder of Wreaths Across America, prepares to lay the last wreath of the ceremony. Morrill Worcester and his wife Karen and grandchildren lay the last wreath at the headstone of the first soldier buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The grave is that of Civil War private William Christman of PA, buried May 13, 1864. Worcester grandchildren salute the grave of William Christman at Arlington after laying the last wreath. Maine State Police Lt. Mark Brooks - Trooper Kyle Willette (civilian clothes) - Karen Worcester- Trooper Trevor Snow

Videos – Wreaths Across America

What is Wreaths Across America?
Video by Wreaths Across America

National Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery
Video by Arlington National Cemetery

2014 Escort from Harrington, ME. to Arlington,VA. (four Days)
Video by Ally F-C, who rode with the Escort (video is 22 minutes with music)

The Patriot Guard Riders-Escort to Arlington
Video by HCTC MediaIsland

Maine State Police Escort to Arlington-Trooper John Kyle Interview
Video by HCTC MediaIsland

 

RELATED LINKS:

Arlington National Cemetery
The Beginnings of Arlington National Cemetery-National Park Service
8 Surprising Facts About Arlington National Cemetery
Changing of The Guard-Arlington National Cemetery
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier-Arlington National Cemetery
The Patriot Guard-provides Escort to Arlington
Full Itinerary of Escort to Arlington
The USS Maine Mast Memorial at Arlington
Explosion and Sinking of the USS Maine

Worcester Wreath Company-Harrington, ME

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA – Maine License Plate initiative
Maine License Plate page