Sunday, December 9, 2007

Wreaths Across America

The Wreaths Across America story began over 15 years ago when Worcester Wreath Company, a commercial business in Maine, began a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.

Over that period of time, Worcester Wreath has donated 75,000 wreaths which were placed by volunteers in a wreath-laying ceremony each December. This year Worcester Wreath Company is doubling its annual donation to 10,000 wreaths destined for Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to the Arlington Wreath Project, they will donate 2,500 wreaths to the Maine Veterans Cemetery at Togus, and over 1,800 ceremonial wreaths, representing all branches of the armed forces, will be sent to over 200 other state and national veterans cemeteries across the Country. For the first time in 2007, ceremonial wreaths will also be donated to 24 veterans cemeteries on foreign soil, and aboard U.S. ships sailing in all seven seas.

All wreath-laying ceremonies across the country and around the world will be held concurrently on Saturday, December 15th, at 12:00 noon EST (11:00 a.m. in Minnesota).

This is a Patriot Guard Riders supported event in many states across the nation. Here in Minnesota, we are honored to support Wreaths Across America at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed at the Flag Poles representing the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and POW/MIA. Ceremonial wreaths will also be placed at the grave sites of approximately 80 of our recent Fallen Heroes at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Keep an eye on the mission calendar for staging and information updates.