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Wreaths Across America

After getting an email about this project last year, I investigated and found it to be such a worthwhile project.  
Some years ago Jim and I were in the Normandy area of France and the sight of miles and miles of little white crosses was quite sobering.  The thought that each of those crosses represented a fine young man who never returned to build a life was hard to get your mind around.
I am so glad that this gentleman started this fine organization.  
As a further side to this story.   Jim's grandfather had a brother Donald who went off to serve in WW1.    A couple of months ago a man stopped at the farm and had this huge old dictionary that he felt he had to bring to us.   He was a janitor at a high school in Akron.  They were throwing out books and he saw this dictionary.  He collects old books, so he took it home.  In looking through it, he found it belonged to Orr's in Apple Creek.   One of his good friends owns a gun shop and is a hunter.  He mentioned the book to Joe and Joe said he knew us..in fact, he has come down and rabbit hunted on our farm for years.  He brought the man down so he could give it to us personally.   I don't know his name, but wish to thank him for doing this.
The point to this long story is that in the pages of that dictionary was a letter from the US War Dept. to Jim's great grandparents informing them of the death of their son Donald.  The letter took months to reach them.   Hard to conceive in this day and age of instant communication.
Along with the letter was a letter from a group of ladies in England who wrote to describe the funeral they conducted for him and to tell his mother, that as mothers themself, they would continue to care for his grave.
So many brave young men and women have given everything for us!!


Rest easy, sleep well my

Know the line has held,
    your job is done.

Rest easy, sleep well.

Others have taken up where
    you fell, the line has held.

              and farewell...

Arlington National Cemetry


These wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington , Maine . The owner, Morrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well.

In 1992 he was faced with a surplus of wreaths and hearkened back to a memorable trip he'd taken to Arlington National Cemetery when he was 12-years old.  He took the wreaths to Arlington from his business in Maine and laid them on the graves of 4,000 who are laid to rest there.

The next year he decided to plan on taking 5,000 wreaths and has been doing it ever since.  He said that there were only a few volunteers the first year and it took them five or six hours to place the wreaths.  Now, however, he has so many helpers each year that the work is done in about an hour.

Worcester expanded the campaign and started Wreaths Across America.  He is placing wreaths in each of the more than 230 State and National cemeteries and Veterans Monuments across the country.

To learn how you can help and more information click here