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Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Highland Memorial Park
December 15, 2018
12 - 1:30 PM
Located at Highland Memorial Park.
Please join Highland Memorial Park in conjunction with American Legion Riders Chapter 284 Belleview, FL in a Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 12PM at Highland Memorial Park, 1515 NE Third Street, Ocala.
About Wreaths Across America:
-Arlington Wreath Project-
Worcester Wreath Co. and its involvement with the Arlington project was inspired when, at the early age of 12 years old as a Bangor Daily News paperboy, Morrill Worcester won a trip to the Nation's Capital. It was a trip he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an indelible impression. In later life, he recognized that his success as a businessman was, in large part, due to the values of this Nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
In 1992, Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, found themselves with an excess of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Seeing an opportunity to make a boyhood dream a reality, efforts to do something special with those wreaths began in earnest. With the help of Maine Senator Olympia Showe and the Maine State Society of DC, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington. Again, an impression was made, and he vowed to bring the wreaths every year.
In 2006, in response to thousands of e-mails and letters, Worcester Wreath expanded its wreath donations nationwide. With the help of the Civil Air Patrol and many others, ceremonies were held simultaneously at 230 locations. From the snow banks of Alaska to the sands of Iraq, our Nation’s heroes were honored. From here, Wreaths Across America was born.
Heading into our 25th year and over a million wreaths later, the original group has been joined by many others who wish to participate in the project each year.
-Wreaths Across America-
By early 2007, with so many requests for cemetery wreaths, the Worcester’s reached out to the community and the nonprofit group Wreaths Across America was formed. Mr. Worcester doubled his yearly pledge to Arlington to 10,000 wreaths and continued his tradition of sending 2,500 to the Maine Veterans Cemetery along with providing wreaths for the veteran’s graves in the local communities of the small county he grew up in.
Again in 2015, ceremonial wreaths for each branch of the military were sent to all of the participating State and National cemeteries along with many local town cemeteries and monuments. Wreaths were also provided for 24 offshore cemeteries, including Normandy Beach, and a large Veteran’s commemorative wreath was sent to each state’s State House for the ceremony on the Monday prior to the WAA Saturday event.
Inspired by his commitment, Wreaths Across America has turned its attention to answering the requests of man to emulate the Arlington project at their state veteran’s cemeteries. By offering sponsorships to the public, Wreaths Across America hopes that one day every veteran’s resting place will be adorned with a wreath. We need your help to make this a reality.
To find out more about how you can get involved with Wreaths Across America, please contact Ed Jaworki: (Home) 352.625.1030, (Cell) 352.425.9559, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.