By Emily Molina.
Wreaths Across America (WAA) commences its yearly journey to place wreaths upon every eligible marker at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. Dec. 11.
The annual procession, initiated by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester almost 30 years ago, has become a holiday tradition. WAA’s mission is to “remember, honor, and teach” about the heroes that put their lives on the line for the U.S.
Led this year by Jo Ann Maitland, president of American Gold Star Mothers Inc., and Nancy Menagh, president emeritus of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., the convoy sets off from Maine, winding its way along the East Coast.
Stops for public ceremonies will take place in several states including Maine, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, before reaching its final destination on Dec. 18 for National Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery.
“For those who have had the opportunity to participate in the escort of wreaths over the years, it is truly an experience of a lifetime,” said Karen Worcester, WAA executive director, in a release. “The way we and the mission are welcomed into communities with flags waving and streets lined with children and veterans is something we always wished every American could witness. This year we’re hoping that supporters will once again join us in lining the roadways safely and welcome the mission into their communities.”
Support WAA by sponsoring a $15 veterans wreath and help reach the goal of the approximately 257,000 wreaths needed at Arlington National Cemetery.
Join one of many local Wreaths Across America events happening in cities across the nation and abroad on Saturday, Dec. 18.