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Wreaths Across America

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by john1027, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. john1027

    john1027 Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 5, 2010
    Alexandria, VA USA
    I live fairly close to the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. I have some friends and acquaintances who I have had the honor of knowing over the years who are buried there. I try to stop by their grave sites a couple times a year to pay my respects and to reflect on the past. A visit to Arlington National Cemetery is always a moving event at anytime of the year, but during the Christmas holiday season it is especially poignant as the cemetery takes on a unique look.

    The Worcester Wreath Company from the State of Maine started an annual tradition in 1992 by donating over 5,000 wreaths for display on grave sites in Arlington National Cemetery. The organization Wreaths Across America (http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/) now coordinates and oversees the process now and is helped along the way with numerous corporate and individual sponsors. The program has also expanded to over 300 locations in every state, Puerto Rico, and 24 overseas cemeteries where local wreath laying ceremonies are held each December. The total wreaths laid on graves is now over 100,000 and over 60,000 volunteers are involved in the effort each year.

    The pictures below are from Section 60 where many of America’s most recent war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan lie in rest after making the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

    GF1 and 20mm



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  2. Simonf1964

    Simonf1964 New to Mu-43

    Nov 30, 2010
    What a very moving sight!
  3. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Mr & Mrs Worcester

    The Patriot Guard Riders handles the escort from Maine to DC every year....
    These 2 people are responsible for Wreaths Across America and of course their company.
    We handle the escort thru Pa.


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  4. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Thank you, John. Very moving an sobering images. Each has a different feel but brings home the depth of loss with the great power.

    And thank you for including the link to the wreath company, too.
  5. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    Richard Elliott
    I used to teach at Ft. Myer and have a few friends buried there. It is well worth a trip to see the honored dead who have given so much for their country. This goes for any national cemetery as well.

    A few hour stroll of reflection and prayer can change a man's soul.
  6. bigkidneys

    bigkidneys Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 20, 2010
    Pensacola, florida
    Wonderful images John. It's an honor to walk in the midst of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Very moving.
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