Each year on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery, as well as over 1,600 additional locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad.
Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine was a 12 year old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News when he won a trip the Washington D. C. His first trip to our nation’s capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him. This experience followed him thought our life and a successful career, reminding him that his good fortune was due, in large part, to the values of this nation and the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country veterans. With the aid of The American Legion, VFW Posts and members of the community each wreath was decorated with traditional red, hand-tied bows. Members of the Maine State Society of Washington DC. Helped to organize the wreath-laying at the grave sites of veterans, which included a special ceremony at the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”?
Every year the wreaths are placed at Arlington National Cementer at 12:00 p. m. Eastern Standard Time and coordinating ceremonies take place at other cemeteries across our nation to remember our nation’s fallen Heroes. A wreath is placed at their grave site and their name is pronounced in remembrance of the service to our country. They will never be forgotten! On this day each of us needs to take a moment to thank our God for these fallen Heroes, their families and the ultimate sacrifice they gave us and our country.