Saturday December 10th is Wreaths Across America Day
Wreaths Across America needs our help to reach its goal of placing 500,000 wreaths on veterans graves in 2011. The cutoff date to participate is November 28, 2011.
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester of the Worcester Wreath Company, in 1992.
For $15.99 you can sponsor a fresh wreath from Maine to be placed on a grave in honor or in memory of a veteran at Arlington National and over 600 other cemeteries around the country. You will receive a notification that a wreath will be placed in the name of the veteran you've designated:
"A wreath has been donated in memory of AIC Elbridge Gerry JR., United States Air Force for their Military Service by Debbie Malone to be placed on a Veterans grave in conjunction with National Wreaths Across America Day"
From the website:
Escort to Arlington- Starts December 4, 2011 in Harrington Maine, finishes on December 10, 2011 at Arlington National Cemetery:
Since 1991, the Arlington project, had been the quiet mission of Morrill Worcester and his family. In 2006, internet stories fueled attention for his annual quest, and Worcester was contacted by the Patriot Guard Riders who generously offered their help with the project. Since then the Patriot Guard Riders have escorted the wreath trucks down the East Coast and taking several days to make the trip. This allows stops at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities, and gives the group an opportunity to promote their mission: Remember-Honor and Teach. This “parade” of truckers, supporters, and well-wishers has become an annual event and teaching opportunity for WAA, and a valued part of the Arlington Project.
The National Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony will be held at Noon.
The organization cannot guarantee that the wreath will be placed on a particular grave but I don't think my dad will mind. This is a small way to show your appreciation to our service men and women and to say Thank You for their service and sacrifice for our country. If you would like to participate, please visit the wreathsacrossamerica.org website today and NEVER FORGET.