Beginning Sunday, Dec. 6, more than 150,000 donated Christmas wreaths from a wreath company in Maine will begin their journey to more than 400 state and national memorial sites and cemeteries for veterans. It’s part of the annual Wreaths Across America project, and most of the wreaths will be transported by volunteer trucking companies.
Escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders and other support groups, the wreaths will make their 18th annual trek to Arlington National Cemetery, where they will be placed on the graves of our veterans – a solemn tribute to those who serve and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Wreaths Across America story began more than 18 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Co. from Harrington, ME, initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.
Worcester Wreath Co. continues to be a major supporter of the project, donating 25,000 total wreaths in 2008. More than 100,000 wreaths are sponsored by individuals, businesses, and groups from communities nationwide.
Wreaths will be placed in all 50 states from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii, at several locations in Iraq, and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.