Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Wreaths Across America Ceremony Held in Dover

Wreaths Across America Ceremony Held in Dover

It's traveling through Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C., before arriving in a week in Arlington, Virginia. With the aid of Maine's U.S. Sen.

As plans were underway, a number of other individuals and organizations stepped up to help.

"National Wreaths Across America Day is an opportunity to pause and say thank you during the busiest time of year, when so many are missing their loved ones even more".

All 50 state capitols participated in the ceremony.

The tribute went on quietly for several years, until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet. Suddenly, the project received national attention. At Rock Island National Cemetery, there are more than 32,000 headstones.

The wreaths are made in Harrington, Maine, by the Worcester Wreath Company. A total of 1.2 million wreaths will be placed on markers across the country in 1,238 locations. The Patriot Guard Riders volunteered as escort for the wreaths going to Arlington. During the ceremony at the bridge, the wreaths were committed to the water.

The wreaths eventually will be placed on tombstones of veterans interred in Liberty Township Cemetery. Having visited Arlington on a trip he won as a boy when he had a paper route for the Bangor Daily News, Worcester decided he wanted to honor our veterans, according to the Wreaths Across America Facebook page.

"From sponsoring the wreaths for each gravesite, to nominating and providing veterans to place ceremonial wreaths, to working together after the ceremony to lay the sponsored wreaths at each gravesite - it is the community working together to fulfill the WAA mission which makes this event so special". This was accomplished with help from 2,047 fundraising groups, corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of helping hands.

The wreath-laying is still held annually, on the second or third Saturday of December. Locally, at Rock Island National Cemetery, there are 32,000+ headstones, each with a name engraved of a person who fought for the freedoms we all enjoy today.

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