Amid the traditional Holiday appeals is a unique way to celebrate known as Wreaths Across America. The goal of this annual 3rd Saturday in December observance is to honor and remember all deceased veterans whether they are buried on land or at sea.
Wreaths Across America is the brain child of a Maine wreath-making businessman back in 1992 spawned by the recall of a long-remembered childhood visit to Arlington National Cemetery.
In 2007, Morrill Webster established a foundation to adorn the gravestones in a less-frequently visited portion of Arlington National Cemetery. 2017 statistics indicate not only will his designated area be festooned, but all veteran grave markers in the 50 continental United States of America will be included.
Departing from Columbia Falls, Maine, wreaths will be transported though the New England states en route to Washington. D.C. For the 5th year, one of America’s highest ranked military schools for middle and high school age boys, Fishburne Military School situated in Waynesboro, Virginia, will be participating in the actual wreath laying detail for Arlington National Cemetery’s 200,000 graves. Including those buried at sea, veterans will be honored at 1,238 locations across the USA. Arriving in Washington, D.C., the caravan will be escorted to the cemetery led by this year’s caravan marshals Roger and Norma Donlon.
Volunteers are needed to lay wreaths at smaller cemeteries. Wreaths may be donated for $15. Whether you participate, donate, or watch a ceremony on the media, this is a unique way to say “Thank you for your service.”