Wreaths Across America 2015
Back in 1992 the Worcester Wreath Company in Maine found they had extra wreaths as the holiday season was nearing a close. Not wanting the wreaths to go to waste, Morrill Worcester made arrangements for the wreaths to be delivered to Arlington National Cemetery to be placed in an older section that didn’t receive many visitors. This went on relatively quietly for many years until 2005. It was then that a picture of the wreaths on the headstones, surrounded by snow, made its way around the internet. Soon people from all over the country wanted to know what they could do to help at Arlington and if wreaths could be brought to other veteran cemeteries around the country. The following year the Civil Air Patrol and Patriot Guard Riders volunteered to help and the annual “Veterans Honor Parade” convoy from Maine, down the east coast, to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia was started.
Last year over 700,000 wreaths were laid on soldiers headstones and war memorials at 1000 locations in the US and beyond. Saturday, December 12th hundreds of thousands of wreaths will once again be placed to honor those who served. For the last few years Old Saybrook has been a stop for the Escort to Arlington Convoy. Here are just a few of the highlights from this year’s stop in Old Saybrook.