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November 30, 2007 | By | Reply More
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Wreaths at Arlington National CemeteryOn December 15th all that is good about America and individual American’s making a difference will be demonstrated once again. I’m sure you’ve read about Morrill Worcester of Harrington Maine and his unprecedented generosity to the memory of veterans.

Wreath Laying VolunteerDecember 15th is the day trucks hauling 10,000 handmade wreaths will reach Arlington National Cemetery to be laid on the graves of fallen soldiers. 800 volunteers arrive early to greet the trucks and respectfully lay the wreaths in place.

The journey begins on December 9th, when a large and growing motorcycle honor guard, the Worcester family and wreath laden trucks, head out from their small town in Maine to begin a 750 mile journey to Washington DC. They take a winding route through coastal towns and New England villages traveling most of the way along US Route 1.

The journey from Maine to Virginia has become the longest veterans’ parade in history. Thousands of people have begun to line the route to waive Morrill Worcester, his family, and the memorial wreaths on their way. You can check the progress of the procession, the route and stops, on Maybe you can join in and cheer them on their way.

Thanks to the non-profit group, wreath donations have grown substantially. This year wreaths will be laid at over 200 cemeteries across the county. You can find a list of a wreath laying ceremony near you by visiting

One man’s simple expression of remembrance has grown into a wonderful nationwide tribute to veterans’ service. If you’ve ever lamented that you’re just one person…. follow Morrill Worcester’s example!

Category: Mid-Atlantic, New England, USA