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Wreaths Across America 2022
In 1992, the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, had a surplus of wreaths during the holiday season. With the aid of his State Senator, Mr. Morrill Worchester, owner of the wreath company, requested to place these wreaths on the graves of servicemen in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D. C., to honor veterans. An older section of the cemetery was chosen.
Each year Mr. Worcester came back with volunteers from Harrington, Maine, to place wreaths on veterans’ graves. Pictures of the snow-covered wreaths next to grave markers touched many people and the idea expanded to cities and towns across the nation. This year over 2.7 million wreaths were placed on graves in all 50 states and overseas in over 3,700 locations.
Hundreds of volunteer truck drivers transport the wreaths. According to the Wreaths Across America website, “this annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery has become known as the world’s largest veterans’ 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.”
On Saturday, December 17th, local volunteers at Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass participated in Wreaths Across America Day, placing 171 wreaths on graves of veterans. Each live evergreen wreath is composed of ten balsam bouquets, representing 10 special qualities our veterans embody. The evergreen represents longevity and endurance; the forest scent evokes purity and simplicity; the red bow symbolizes sacrifice and the circular shape – eternity. The name of the serviceman was spoken as the local volunteer laid the wreath.
This year the Ottawa County Wreath Committee paid for the wreaths that were placed on veterans’ graves at Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island.
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