Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America started as an idea in 1992 by Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, when he had a surplus of wreaths near the end of the Holiday Season, and decided to honor the fallen veterans at Arlington National Cemetery, where he visited as a young boy, and which left a lasting impression. In 2007 Morrill, with the help of veterans and other groups and organizations, formed Wreaths Across America, with the goal of placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen. in 2008, in over 300 locations in the US, Puerto Rico, and 24 overseas cemeteries, and with the help of over 60,000 volunteers, they placed over 100,000 wreaths on veteran's graves.
In 2014, over 700,000 wreaths were placed on veterans's graves in over 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond, with the help of a network of volunteers, That year, they acheived the goal of covering the 226,575 graves at Arlington National Cemetery with wreaths. They did not do this alone, but had the support of 2,047 fundraising groups and contributions and donations from shipping, trucking and thousands of volunteers helping hands.
Every year, on the second or third Saturday in December, the annual Wreaths Across America pilgramage from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery, has become known as the world's largest veteran's parade, stopping at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to remember, honor and teach.
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(Wreaths Across America is a 501-(c)3 not-for profit organization)