Wreaths Across America
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Some people truly do get it. Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath and the rest of the folks behind the Wreaths Across America project are great examples of that.
Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, was a 12 year old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News when he won a trip to Washington D.C. His first trip to our nation’s capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him. This experience followed him throughout his life and successful career in business, reminding him that his good fortune was due, in large part, to the values of this nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their Country.
In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s Veterans. With the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery, a section which had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.
Intrepid leader of the Maine Wounded Heroes program Pam Payeur and some of her comPATRIOTs are heading down to Arlington for the wreath laying this year. We salute them and will be joining them Saturday morning at 9:30.
I took this picture a few years back after they had dressed a section at Arlington. What a brilliant, beautiful and touching tribute. Bravo!