December 14th, 2008 Categories: Alexandria
Yesterday, at just noon, over 2,000 volunteers gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to lay 10,000 Christmas wreaths on the graves of those who have given their lives in service to our country.
With its motto of Remember, Honor and Teach, this important tradition of rememberance began some 15 years ago and is now known as the Wreaths Across America project.
One man, Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, ME, started it all in 1992 when he bought 4,000 surplus wreaths from the holiday decoration company he owns to decorate grave sites at Arlington, delivering the wreaths at his own expense.
As Mr. Worcester noted, “It provides the inspiration for all of us to renew our commitment to honor the men and women of the armed forces who have served, and those who are currently serving our country.”
Even today, all the wreaths and the transportation to get them here, are the result of donations large and small. Although Arlington is the largest site, the project has grown to include 350 national cemetery sites and over 100,000 wreaths.
Next year Mr. Worcester has committed that another truck load, another 5,000 wreaths will come to Arlington. And me? I’ll be one of the volunteers.