Arlington Cemetery May Get Fewer Wreaths This Year

6:51 PM, Dec 7, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Sunday, December 8, 2013 will be the kickoff for what has become a time-honored tradition for one organization in Maine.

Wreaths Across America will be taking a caravan of trucks bearing wreaths, which will be placed on military gravestones at Arlington National Cemetary. Yet campaign directors say this year not as many graves at the cemetary will be getting a wreath.

The Worcester Wreath Company has been making the trip to Washington D.C. for decades. Each wreath is paid for thanks to donations from the public.

Organizers say, over the years, the campaign has spread to more cemeteries in the U.S. That in turn has meant less money going to wreath laying at Arlington. This year Wreaths Across America was looking to put 135,000 wreaths on graves in the nation's capital. So far, it only has enough for 95,000 wreaths.

"In particular Arlington is very important to us," said Merrill Worcester, who founded the wreath company, "that's where Wreaths Across America started...and this coming year is the 150th anniversary of Arlington..and ya know I don't know whether it will happen or not but we would like to put a wreath on every single grave at Arlington."

Organizers say it will take about $600,000 in donations to meet their goal. They will be taking those donations until December 12th. If you would like to sponsor a wreath you can find out more information by contacting the campaign.

Simply log onto www.wreathsacross america.org.

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