Friday, September 24, 2010

Wreaths for National Cemeteries (Wreaths Across America)

Every year since 1992 the Worcester Wreath Company located in Harrington, Maine has been donating and sending to Arlington National Cemetery over 5000 Balsam Christmas Wreaths each with a hand tied red ribbon. This takes place annually on the second Saturday of December.

This project has been gaining in popularity every year, and more cemeteries have asked if they could be included. Civil Air Patrol Squadrons and other thousands of volunteers donate their time to place wreaths on the graves of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. It is just one way to honor and remember those who protected our country and fought to maintain the freedom we cherish.

It has now become Wreathes Across America, a non-profit organization to further promote Veterans remembrance, the missions goals are Remember, Honor, and Teach.

In 2008 at more than 300 locations over 100,000 Christmas wreaths were placed on veterans graves by more than 60,000 volunteers.

This year the ceremony will take place on December 11 at 12:00 PM EST. It is asked that everyone observe a moment of silence at that time to pause and remember and honor all branches of our military.

Each year the Patriot Guard Riders escort the tractor trailers loaded with wreaths from Main to Arlington, they are joined along the way by other motorcycle and automotive groups. This year plans
are for between 50 to 300 vehicles as they travel along Route 1 from Maine to DC. Known as "Veterans Honor Parade."

For more information or to learn how to donate and or participate please visit the Worcester Wreath website at http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

Please consider helping this worthy cause, and help it to grow even larger and more memorable. Our fallen heroes deserve  respect, remembrance and honor from every living American.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996