It all started in 1992 when Worrell Worcester, of the Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington Maine, estimated he would not be able to sell all of his wreaths by Christmas. Rather than discard them, he decided to donate them to Arlington Cemetary to lay on the graves of the soldiers.

With plans underway, a number of other participants began their support for the project. James Prout, owner of Blue Bird Ranch, Inc generously provided and transportation all the way to Virginia. Volunteers from the local American Legion and VFW Posts gathered with members of the community to decorate each wreath with signature red, hand-tied bows. Member of the Maine State Society of Washington, DC and John Metzler, Jr, Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery worked to organize the wreath-laying, including the incorporation of a special ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Worcester Wreath company continues to donate thousands of wreaths, dozens of companies and organizations will help. So this weekend, over 350 communities, veterans and families will lay wreaths on various memorials, National Cemetaries, and veterans graves. arlington cemetary

And like many grass roots stories, it will not make headlines in the mainstream media: less than 100 stories on Google News, most of them in local newspapers.

The “big” media will glady publicize a dozen anti war protesters, write breathless stories that label female terrorists as “legends”,  and 542 papers will run stories on Hugh Jackson’s facelift, but have little room to honor those who keep us free.

But local papers will tell the story: The Hartford Courant, the Deseret Valley Times, the Benton County DailyRecord, the Orlando Sentinal….and many many other newspapers who, unlike the self appointed elites of the media, still notice the ordinary Americans who still remember and honor those who died for their freedom.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her husband is a veteran of World War II.

She blogs at Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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