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Wreath-Laying Ceremony

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Special December wreath-laying ceremonies honored veterans buried in Wesson Cemetery. Wesson-based Socks For Heroes organized the event among 2,100 nationwide sponsored by Wreaths Across America, which was founded to continue and expand an annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992.Nearly two million veteran wreaths are placed on headstones at participating cemeteries around the country to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach the value of freedom. With the aid of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe and a number of other individuals and organizations, Morrill arranged for wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery that had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year. Volunteers from local American Legion and VFW Posts and members of the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C. helped make wreaths. A photo of gravestones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet, and starting in 2005, thousands of other locations emulated the wreath-laying ceremonies. The Arlington wreath-laying is still held annually, on the second or third Saturday of December. The annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery has become known as the world’s largest veterans’ parade, stopping at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities along the way.





























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