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Wreaths Across America

Posted By: Dennis B

Published 11/24/2012 12:00 AM
Updated 11/24/2012 02:47 PM

On Saturday December, 15th, 2012 members of the Norwich community will gather together to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.

The American Legion Post 104 has volunteered to conduct the WAA ceremony this year at the Sacred Heart Cemetery on Saturday December 15, 2012 starting at Noon. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.

Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at over 750 participating locations all across the Country.

Currently 225 wreaths are slated for delivery to Sacred Heart Cemetery but sponsorships are still available up until November 26th. Sponsorships received after that date will be applied to 2013 events.

In 2012 it is projected that over 400,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide, by over 150,000 volunteers as part of the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.

The Wreaths Across AmericaTM story began over 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Recognition of the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and their families, is especially poignant during the traditional holiday season.

Worcester Wreath Company continues to be a major supporter of the project, donating over 30,000 total wreaths in 2011. Over 400,000 wreaths will be sponsored by individuals, businesses, and groups from communities Nation-wide. Wreaths will be placed in all 50 states from Maine to Alaska and Hawaii, and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.

If you would like to sponsor a wreath, or would like more information about events planned for your community, please call Dennis Baptiste at (860)908-2104 for more information.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Karen Worcester ~ Executive Director of WreathsAcrossAmerica.org call Toll-Free: (877) 385-9504 or email karen@wreathsacrossamerica.org

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