BANGOR – Several residents of the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor had the opportunity recently to thank Morrill R. Worcester of Harrington personally. For 16 years, Worcester has donated thousands of Christmas wreaths to veterans cemeteries, especially to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
The efforts of Worcester and his family have inspired the national Wreaths Across America program, involving countless individuals and organizations placing wreaths in veterans cemeteries.
A portrait of Worcester, painted by Normand Martin, was presented to Worcester in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House in Augusta on July 10, 2008. Worcester then presented a copy of the portrait to hang at the Maine Veterans Home.
Taking part in the presentation of the portrait at the Maine Veterans Home were Richard Rogerson, a retired mechanic who served 15 years with the city of Brewer, and who served in the Air Force for seven years and in the Reserves; Ronald Gott, who retired from the Air Force after 40 years of service and has been married to Barbara Gott for 51 years; and former fireman Goodwin Wiseman, born in Pittsfield and raised in Bangor, who studied engineering at Maine Maritime Academy and served briefly in the Merchant Marines at the end of WW II. Wiseman later became a trust officer at Merrill Trust in Bangor and a real estate broker, opening his own agency, Downeast Acreage. He and his wife, Charlene, divide their time between Florida and Castine.