Each year Worcester Wreath Company (the wreath company that provides holiday greenery for L.L. Bean) makes and decorates holiday wreaths and places them on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. More than 110,000 wreaths were donated in December 2012. Morrill Worcester - President of Worcester Wreath Company, based in Harrington, Maine, started this annual event in 1992 to honor our nation’s fallen heroes. The Arlington Wreath project, coordinated with the Cemetery Administration and the Maine State Society, adorns the white tombstones with evergreen wreaths and red bows to recognize sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made for our country.
Annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Arlington National CemeterySaturday, December 14, 2013, Noon
The wreaths will be at Arlington National Cemetery for approximately four weeks.
Wreaths Across America – ExpansionDue to interest in this project from around the nation, Worcester Wreath Company has expanded to include special ceremonies across the United States. In 2010, Wreaths Across America and a national network of volunteers laid over 220,000 memorial wreaths at 545 locations. A Moment of Silence will be held at ALL locations on December 14 at Noon EST. To learn more about ceremonies, at locations around the country, see the official website.
Until 2009, Worcester Wreath did not accept donations. Wreaths Across America is now raising money to help fulfill its mission through sponsorship of wreaths. Donations may also be sent to:
Wreaths Across America
PO Box 256
Harrington, ME 04643