Wreaths Across America convoy makes way through Midcoast
Rockland — Thousands of wreaths in a convoy destined for Arlington National Cemetery made a stop in Rockland Dec. 8.
Wreaths Across America began in 2007 as an offshoot of the Arlington National Cemetery wreath project, which was started in 1992 with the annual placement of wreaths donated by Worcester Wreath Co., located in Harrington. Today, it is a monumental initiative, with partners including Civil Air Patrol, the Patriot Guard Riders, the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C., and other veterans groups participating, not to mention the tens of thousands of private citizens who purchase wreath sponsorships.
Each year a convoy carrying more than 200,000 wreaths makes its way from Hancock County and threads throughout the eastern United States on its way to Washington, D.C.
This year the trucks were led by local law enforcement personnel and made a stop at the Elks Lodge on Rankin Street before continuing south on Route 1.
Wreath-laying ceremonies are expected to begin Dec. 14 in Washington, D.C.