Volunteers place wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

Michele Moreno
December 17, 2017

"A truckload of attractive Christmas wreaths will be coming in and we will be placing these wreaths on all of the veterans graves and kind of teaching our family and friends the meaning behind honoring and remembering our veterans", said Spectrum Veterans IRG coordinator Danielle Montag-Plaza.

By using live wreaths, which individuals and businesses sponsored for $15, the nonprofit organization seeks to remember veterans' lives, not to focus on their deaths, Willette said.

Maroney ordered nearly 500 wreaths.

This was the first year that a cemetery in Jackson hosted the nation-wide event, which began in 1992 when ME resident Morrill Worcester laid surplus wreaths from his family wreath company on graves in Arlington National Cemetery. Rowlan represented the ROTC alongside veterans from each branch of military. He said looking at the cemetery and the people who came to show their respect and gratitude made him think of his brothers and sisters in the Marines. "The ones that lost everything they had so we can have our freedom of today".

"We are here to honor, teach, and remember. It's kinda hard to put into words".

Saturday's event saw 560 wreaths placed on headstones by 35 volunteer veterans, assisted by fourth- and fifth-grade students from St. Ambrose Catholic School. It's part of the Wreaths Across America program.

"We are gathered here today at this memorial site, and at memorial sites all across America, to remember that we are one nation with one flag", said master of ceremonies, and retired senior chief petty officer, Mick Hersey.

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