On Saturday, members of all veterans organizations will gather to honor all fallen veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.
Little Arlington Cemetery in Elkins, in conjunction with the American Legion Post 29 of Elkins, will conduct the Wreaths Across America ceremony this year at Little Arlington Cemetery Saturday starting at noon.
Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and merchant marines who served and honor their sacrifices, and to teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.
Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at more than 600 participating locations all across the Country.
Saturday will mark the 21st anniversary of Maine wreaths being donated and placed on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. This is also the seventh year of the national wreath sponsorship campaign under the guidance of the non-profit Wreaths Across America.org that will bring the same remembrance wreaths to national and state veterans cemeteries in all 50 states, veteran monuments, schools and community centers all across the Nation.
In addition to these ceremonial wreaths, a number of civic groups around the Country have joined with Wreaths Across America to promote sponsored wreaths to be placed on veterans graves in designated sections of participating cemeteries.
Currently seven wreaths are slated for delivery to Little Arlington Cemetery.
In 2012, it is projected that more than 500,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide, by more than 150,000 volunteers as part of the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.
The Wreaths Across America story began more than 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Co. from Harrington, Maine initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Recognition of the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and their families, is especially poignant during the traditional holiday season.
Worcester Wreath Co. continues to be a major supporter of the project, donating more than 50,000 total wreaths in 2011. More than 400,000 wreaths will be sponsored by individuals, businesses and groups from communities nation-wide. Wreaths will be placed in all 50 states from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.
If you would like to sponsor a wreath or would like more information about events planned for your community, call Mike Cardinal at 304-614-6338 for more information.
If you'd like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Karen Worcester, executive director of www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org, call toll-free at 877-385-9504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
For additional information on how to sponsor a wreath for a fallen loved one, call Joe Harman at 304-636-5127 or American Legion Post 29 at 304-636-3930.
Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national non-profit organization that has grown quickly to encompass over 700 participating locations and 150,000+ volunteers around the Country.
The Wreaths Across America's mission is to remember, honor and teach. Remember the fallen, honor those who serve including their families who sacrifice, and teach our children the cost of the freedoms we enjoy each day.
Wreaths Across America pursues its mission with nation-wide wreath-laying events amid the holiday season, and year-round educational outreach inviting all Americans to appreciate our freedoms and the cost at which they are delivered.