Maine-made wreaths to be placed on Arlington tombs

Posted Dec. 11, 2010, at 1:19 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:20 a.m.

ARLINGTON, Va. — About 24,000 Maine-made balsam wreaths are due to be placed on graves of military personnel at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.

It’s the 19th consecutive year that wreaths from Worcester Wreath Co. will be laid on soldiers’ gravestones to pay tribute to the nation’s veterans. The wreaths set out from the company’s plant in Harrington last weekend.

Company President Morrill Worcester provided 8,000 more wreaths than last year for gravestones at Arlington of casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Arlington project is part of a larger effort by Maine-based nonprofit Wreaths Across America, with more than 200,000 wreaths donated to 500 veterans cemeteries across the country and 24 overseas locations.