Sharp Hill Cemetery will join more than 1,000 locations across the country in Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, Dec. 16, at noon.
Volunteers for the Maine-based nonprofit organization have placed a wreath at every US veteran's tombstone at Arlington National for a quarter-century.
The annual trip to Arlington and the groups of volunteers eager to participate in Worcester's simple wreath-laying event grew each year until it became clear the desire to remember and honor our country's fallen heroes was bigger than Arlington, and bigger than this one company. Preference will be given to honoring veterans and their surviving loved ones.
Officially launching in 2005 via viral photograph, Worcester originally began placing wreaths at veterans' graves in 1992 when she and her husband used surplus wreaths from their Christmas wreath business. Volunteers from the local American Legion and VFW Posts gathered with members of the community to decorate each wreath with traditional red, hand-tied bows.
Every grave at Arlington National Cemetery will be covered.
Wreaths Across America is free and open to the public. Not all of the graves will get a wreath, but someday that is the goal.
This is the second year the cemetery will be an official location, joining with Children of the American Revolution. Each box holds nine wreaths.
Their mission is Remember, Honor, Teach. On these two days, we'll assist the organization at Arlington National Cemetery to place ribboned wreaths at the foot of every headstone in a touching ceremony that celebrates the lives and service of our military veterans dating back over 150 years.