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Maine wreaths to head to Arlington National Cemetery

Mike Morones | The Free Lance-Star via AP
Mike Morones | The Free Lance-Star via AP
Ronnie Allen from Dover, Delaware, places a wreath on the headstone of a family friend during the Wreaths Across America event at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Virginia, Dec. 16, 2017. The group lays wreaths on the graves of veterans during the holidays.

Tractor trailers carrying over a quarter of a million balsam wreaths will travel from Maine to the national veterans’ cemetery in Virginia.

The annual week-long journey begins Dec. 8.

The convoy featuring volunteers and tractor trailers is set to arrive Dec. 15 at Arlington National Cemetery. The caravan stops at schools and memorials along the way.

The convoy will stop in Augusta on Dec. 9 for a rally honoring veterans. A free mobile center serving veterans readjusting to life after deployment will be on-site.

The Wreaths Across America caravan travels each year from Columbia Falls, where the wreaths are made.

The tradition began when Maine wreath maker Morrill Worcester donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington Cemetery.

The grand marshal is American Gold Star Mothers Inc. National President Becky Christmas.


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