Wreaths Across America is coming to Eagle Point and to the Eagle Point National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Wreaths Across American began in 1992 when Morrie Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company, Harrington, Maine donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery . Wreaths were placed at every head stone. Since then the wreath company has donated 75,000 wreaths, which are placed by volunteers each December.
In 2007, Worcester Wreath Company is doing even more to show its respect and appreciation for those who serve, by doing the following:
- Doubling its annual donation to 10,000 wreaths for Arlington.
- Donating 2,500 wreaths to the Main Veterans Cemetery.
- Over 1,800 ceremonial wreaths, representing all branches of the armed forces, will be sent to over 200 other state and national cemeteries across the United States. And this includes Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Seven wreaths, representing each branch of the service, including the Merchant Marines, will be sent to Eagle Point.
A ceremony will be held Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. at the Eagle Point National Cemeter. The 9 a.m. start coincides with the noon presentation at Arlington. All ceremonies will begin with a moment of silence.
- On Monday, Dec. 10, 51 wreaths were donated during a special wreath-laying ceremony at each state capital and with a 36 in. ceremonial wreath for our nation’s capital.
Terry Christiansen, president of the Eagle Point City Council, will address the group following the moment of silence. The public is urged to attend this meaningful event honoring those who are, and have, served our country.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent