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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Wreaths At Arlington- A Re-post

 

I originally posted this in December of 2009 but felt it warranted publication again. This sight at our National Cemetery is so wondrous; and the act, itself, is selfless.

 

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Can you possibly imagine imagine seeing and experiencing this awesome sight?  Just think of the many rows of white headstones accented by the brilliant green color of evergreen wreaths and red bows. It makes you stop and think about all the American lives that have been lost over the years….

The laying of Christmas wreaths is an annual event that was begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester in 1992. Volunteers from all over the U.S. and from all walks of life  turn out to help lay the wreaths. I found this these pictures and article after someone sent me an e-mail about this event. The article below was written by Senior Airman J.G. Buzanowski for the Air Force Print News on December 19, 2005. 


Volunteers Place Wreaths At Arlington National Cemetery - PHOTO

Christmas wreaths adorn head stones at Arlington National Cemetery. The 14th annual wreath laying event is the result of Worcester Wreath Company's owner Morrill Worcester's childhood dream of doing something to honor those laid to rest in the national cemetery. More than 5,000 donated wreaths were placed by volunteers this year. (2005)

 

Volunteers Place Wreaths At Arlington National Cemetery - PHOTO

Hundreds of volunteers gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to place more than 5,000 donated Christmas wreaths on head stones. The 14th annual wreath laying event is the result of Worcester Wreath Company's owner Morrill Worcester's, childhood dream of doing something to honor those laid to rest in the national cemetery.

Despite the cold, wind and snow, about 75 people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery on December 15, 2005, to lay more than 5,000 wreaths on gravesites, including four at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Since 1992, members of the armed forces, civil air patrol, veterans of foreign wars and several civilians have gathered to take part in the project, a brainchild of Maine resident Morrill Worcester.

Mr. Worcester owns and operates a holiday decoration company. Thirteen years ago he had a holiday wreath surplus and thought back to his youth. At age 12, he’d won a trip to Washington, D.C., and Arlington National Cemetery was one of the most memorable places he visited. His first thought was to bring the extra 4,000 wreaths there.

“We couldn’t do anything in this country if it wasn’t for the people who gave their lives to protect us,” Mr. Worcester said. “It’s a great honor to be able to come here and pay our respects.”  In 1993, rather than bring leftover wreaths, he planned for the event. Since then, he’s driven to Arlington every year with volunteers and a truck full of decorations. Word got around to other agencies, such as the civil air patrol and the National Reconnaissance Office, and several people wanted to help.

“That first year, there were just a few of us, and it took us five or six hours to get them placed,” Mr. Worcester said. “This year, we had extra help and got done in about an hour.” This was the fourth year Tech. Sgt. Lisa Rodier helped honor those buried at Arlington. She described the event as “very emotional” and something everyone should do at least once. “You get a feeling you can’t get from anything else,” Sergeant Rodier said. “These people sacrificed their lives for me and my children, so why can’t I sacrifice a little time for them?”

 

Volunteers Place Wreaths At Arlington National Cemetery PHOTO
Tech. Sgt. Scott Glassic places a wreath on a headstone. He was one of hundreds of volunteers who gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to place more than 5,000 donated Christmas wreaths. The 14th annual wreath laying event is the result of Worcester Wreath Company's owner Morrill Worcester's, childhood dream of doing something to honor those laid to rest in the national cemetery.

 

Vounteers Place Wreaths At Arlington National Cemetery  - PHOTO
An Arlington Honor Guardsman walks his post past the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tomb was one of more than 5,000 headstones decorated by volunteers. The 14th annual wreath laying event is the result of Worcester Wreath Company's owner Morrill Worcester's, childhood
dream of doing something to honor those laid to rest in the national cemetery.

(All photos by Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi)

Posted: 20 December 2005

5 comments:

At The Picket Fence said...

Sue what an absolutely, lovely awe inspiring post. Thank you for sharing it again with those of us who didn't see it the first time around. Would you care if I "borrow" the first photo and share it on our Facebook wall? To me, photos like this are what Christmas is truly about.

Heather

Debby said...

That is beautiful. I never knew they did this. Thanks.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Amazing and beautiful...God Bless America!!

Lou Cinda

NanaDiana said...

This post just now, and forever will, breaks my heart. It puts a lump in my throat when I think of all that so many have given so that we may be free. What a beautiful tribute you have posted here- xo Diana

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is such a heart felt tribute, isn't it? Some men and women give so much to our country and we should be eternally grateful for their sacrifice!