HARRINGTON, Maine — Several events have been scheduled this weekend in Washington County in connection with the annual Wreaths Across America convoy from Worcester Wreath Co. to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
This will be the 20th year that Morrill Worcester, owner of the company, has taken donated wreaths to the cemetery to place them on veterans’ gravestones.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, a sunrise service is planned at Quoddy Head State Park near Lubec. According to information posted at the website www.wreathsacrossamerica.org, people will meet at 5:30 a.m. at Machias Motor Inn to stage the procession to the state park. At noon on Saturday, there will be a wreath ceremony at Ferry Point Bridge in Calais.
The next morning, a breakfast will be held at 6:30 a.m. at Narraguagus High School in Harrington for participants in the escort effort to Arlington. The convoy of wreaths, which will be laid on headstones in Arlington, is scheduled to depart at 9 a.m. for Holden and then Hermon, where the first ceremony of the actual journey south will be held at Hermon Elementary School at 11 a.m. The convoy, after several other scheduled stops and ceremonies along the way (including Portland), is expected to arrive at Arlington National Cemetery the morning of Saturday, Dec. 10.
In honor of the annual convoy and the week’s worth of ceremonies between Harrington and Arlington, the U.S. Senate has passed a unanimous resolution declaring Dec. 10, 2011, as “Wreaths Across America Day.”
According to a prepared statement released Wednesday by Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, an estimated 400,000 wreaths are expected to be ceremonially laid on veterans’ graves in all 50 states as result of this year’s Wreaths Across America ceremonies.