Wreaths Across America Day
RUMFORD -- Next month, members of the River Valley community will gather together to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.
The 37th Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has volunteered to conduct the WAA ceremony this year at the Memorial Green in Rumford at noon on Saturday, Dec. 10. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.
Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will
be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at over 600 participating locations all across the Country.
This will mark the 20th anniversary of Maine wreaths being donated and placed on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. This is also the sixth year of the national wreath sponsorship campaign under the guidance of the non-profit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org that will bring the same remembrance wreaths to national and state veterans cemeteries in all 50 states, veteran monuments, schools, and community centers all across the nation.
In addition to these ceremonial wreaths, a number of civic groups around the country have joined with Wreaths Across America to promote sponsored wreaths to be placed on veterans graves in designated sections of participating cemeteries.
Currently wreaths are slated for delivery to St. John’s Cemetery in Rumford but sponsorships are also still available up until November 28 for the following cemeteries: St. John’s on Isthmus Road; Abbott Mills off South Rumford Road; East Rumford, Prospect Avenue; Glover, Isthmus Road; Porter, Waldo Street; Rumford Corner, East Bethel Road, Rumford Point, Rt. 2 and Whippoorwill Road; West Ellis (Upper) and West Ellis, Rt. 5; and, Wyman Hill on Wyman Hill Road. Sponsorships received after that date will be applied to 2012 events.
The Wreaths Across America story began over 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, ME initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Recognition of the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and their families, is especially poignant during the traditional holiday season.
If you would like to sponsor a wreath, or would like more information about events planned, call Capt. Joe Roberts of the Maine Wing Civil Air Patrol at 357-3782 for more information.