Wreaths Across America receives spirit award

Posted March 24, 2009, at 8:54 p.m.

HARRINGTON, Maine — A group affiliated with a local wreath-making company has been recognized by the American Legion Auxiliary for it efforts to support the memory of fallen military service members.

Wreaths Across America, which every Christmas places wreaths at hundreds of graves and memorials of American military personnel, has received the auxiliary’s Public Spirit Award, the auxiliary announced Tuesday. Wreaths Across America is affiliated with Worcester Wreath Co., both of which were founded by local resident Morrill Worcester.

The award was presented earlier this month by Desiree Stoy, the auxiliary’s national president, at a luncheon in Washington. Sew Much Comfort, an organization based in Burnsville, Minn., also received the award this year.

The wreath donation program was started by Worcester in 1992, when he took approximately 5,000 extra wreaths his company had made to Arlington National Cemetery. Last year, Wreaths Across American delivered more than 100,000 wreaths to nearly 400 cemeteries and military monuments throughout the country and over-seas.

The Public Spirit Award, established in 1983, goes to people and organizations whose efforts benefit military service men and women, veterans and their families. Past recipients of the award include Colin Powell, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jeanne Kirkpatrick and Ann Landers.

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