It began in 1992. Morrill Worcester, owner of the Worcester Wreath Co., in Harrington, ME, had leftover live greenery, enough to make 5,000 wreaths. A boyhood visit to Arlington National Cemetery inspired Morrill to place the wreaths on the gravestones there. Now, almost 20 years later, Wreaths Across America has a growing network of 672 participating locations and countless volunteers.
The theme for 2011 is “The Christmas they never had.” The organization’s goal this year is to honor every veteran buried at Arlington National Cemetery with thousands of volunteers placing a wreath and holding a brief moment of silence at each of the 220,000 headstones.
Starting Dec. 6, a convoy of 50 trucks will participate in a weeklong convoy from Maine to Virginia, stopping at schools, monuments and veterans’ homes to remember the fallen; honor those who serve; and teach younger generations about the value of freedom and what our veterans have sacrificed to protect it.
An estimated impressive 400,000 wreaths will be placed at cemeteries during remembrance ceremonies across the country. The National Remembrance Ceremony will be held at Arlington on Dec. 10.
OOIDA is sponsoring wreaths again this year. If you would like to sponsor a wreath or be among the many volunteer truckers who haul them to various cemeteries across the country, visit the Wreaths Across America website or call 877-385-9504.