Friday, November 8, 2013

Wreaths Across America

With Veteran's Day upon us on Monday November 11th, we thought it was a good time to remind or inform some of you about Wreaths Across America. The goal of Wreaths Across America is to provide wreaths for the Veteran's graves of each community.
The project began in 1992 by Morril Worcester. As a younger man, delivering papers for the Banger Daily News, Morrill won a trip to the Nation's Capital. Once he arrived at Arlington National Cemetary, he became overwhelmed. It was something, that once he saw, he knew he would never forget. So, in 1992, the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine had found themselves with extra wreaths as they were approaching the end of the holiday season. Remembering Arlington National Cemetary, Morrill had an idea. He enlisted the help of then Maine Senator Olympia Snowe. With Morril's idea and the Senator's help, the wreaths made their way to Arlington National Cemetary. The beauty of the white, red & green made Morril vow that this same project would happen every year.

While this project has gone every year since 1992, it is now gaining steam. In 2006, Worcester Wreath expanded its wreath donations nationwide. Ceremonies were held at over 230 cemetery locations, from Alaska to Iraq. It was then that Wreaths Across America was born.

This a very worthy cause, we believed was worth mentioning and we hope it will lead to the donations of a few wreaths. Last year alone, 420,000 wreaths were donated and placed at over 800 participating locations including Forest Lawn Cemetery right here in LaSalle. If you would like to learn more about this project please click here for more information on this worthy cause. Donations can be made by individuals and businesses alike. 
To donate to Forest Lawn Cemetary in LaSalle, you can contact Toni Lucas at So far they have met 11% of their goal, OR wreaths for 81 of the 705 Veteran graves at Forest Lawn. Their goal is to receive wreaths for all 705 graves. Help make that dream a reality in 2013. The ceremony will be held on Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday December 14th. 

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