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October 4, 2013
POINT PLEASANT — Colonel Charles Lewis Chapter, local members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will again join Wreaths Across America in marking veterans’ graves with evergreen wreaths for remembrance.
This year’s Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held at noon, December 14, 2013 at the Medal of Honor Park on Jackson Avenue in Point Pleasant.
Wreaths Across America provides, at no cost, one wreath for each branch of the service.
When he was 12 years old Bangor Daily News paperboy Morrill Worcester won a trip to Washington DC. It was a trip he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an indelible impression; later he founded Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine.
In 1992 the company found itself with an excess of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. With the help of Maine senator Olympia Snowe and the Maine State Society of DC, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be laid at Arlington. Again an impression was made and he vowed to bring the wreaths every year.
In 2006, in response to thousands of e-mails and letters, Worcester Wreath expanded its wreath donations nationwide. With the help of the Civil Air Patrol and many others, ceremonies were held simultaneously at 230 locations.
Heading into their twentieth year and over 670,000 wreaths later, the original group has been joined each year by others who wish to participate. In early 2007, with so many requests for cemetery wreaths, the Worcesters reached out to the community and the nonprofit group, Wreaths Across America, was formed.
After this Worcester doubled his yearly pledge to Arlington to 10,000 wreaths and continued his tradition of sending 2,500 to the Maine Veterans Cemetery along with providing wreaths for the veterans’ graves in the local communities of the small county in which he grew up.
Again in 2010 Ceremonial wreaths for each branch of the military were sent to all of the participating State and National cemeteries and monuments. Wreaths will also beprovided for 24 offshore cemeteries, including Normandy Beach and a large Veteran’s commemorative wreath will be sent to each state’s State House for the ceremony on the Monday prior to the Wreaths Across America Saturday event.
Inspired by his commitment, Wreaths Across America has turned its attention to answering the requests of many to emulate the Arlington project at their State veterans’ cemeteries. By offering sponsorships to the public, Wreaths Across America hopes that one day every veteran’s resting place will be adorned with a wreath. We need your help to make this a reality.
Sponsors are needed. Last year, through the generosity of local citizens, 49 wreaths were sponsored, enough to mark all veterans’ graves in both Pioneer and Lone Oak Cemeteries. Individuals may support the efforts of the Colonel Charles Lewis Chapter by sponsoring a wreath. The cost is $15 per wreath. Each wreath is made from fresh pine greenery and adorned with a red bow. If you wish to sponsor a wreath please contact the chairman of our Service to Veterans Committee, Diana Johnson by firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year you may also purchase a Patriot Pair which allows you to donate a wreath to beplaced upon a veteran’s grave and also receive a wreath shipped directly to you for placement on your loved one’s grave. The cost for a Patriot Pair is $40. Family, small business and corporate sponsorships are also available.
All orders must be in to Wreaths Across America before November 29, 2013. Background information provided by Wreaths Across America and used with their permission.
Those desiring more information may call Diana Johnson at 675-8844.