COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — Wreaths Across America, the national nonprofit best known for their annual wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 905 locations nationwide, proposes creating a specialty license plate in Maine to honor veterans.
“We want to bring greater awareness to our mission of Remember, Honor and Teach,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America, in a press release. “As Mainers drive across our great country, people will see the plate with our message. As a person who was born and raised in Maine, I’m very proud of the ambassadorship represented by our wreaths.”
In order for the plates to be put into production, 2,000 must be pre-sold by Sept. 1. The cost is $25 per plate and WAA founder, Morrill Worcester, has pledged a wreath donation for Arlington National Cemetery for each plate pre-sold. The wreaths will be placed on veterans’ graves on Dec. 13 as part of the annual wreath-placing ceremony.
“It’s difficult to describe how much the ceremony touches you. WAA’s mission statement has driven me to do all I can for our men and women in uniform. I’m so proud to be a tiny, tiny part of it,” said First Lady Ann LePage in the press release.
When the plate is put into production, a portion of the cost will be donated to Wreaths Across America. Plates may be reserved online at www.waamaineplate.com.
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. The organization’s mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.