Knox deputies lay wreaths in nation's capital

By Kim Lincoln | Dec 18, 2012
Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Michael Sprague prepares to lay a wreath at the Korean War Memorial.

Washington, D.C. — In what has become an annual tradition, Knox County Sheriff's deputies and jail officers spent Dec. 15 laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.

This is the third year officers attended the ceremonies in Washington, D.C. They joined nearly 200,000 volunteers across the country.

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, 110,662 wreaths were placed on gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery and marked the laying of the one-millionth wreath since the program began in the early 1990s, according to a news release from Wreaths Across America.

“To say we are overwhelmed by the number of people who came out to support our mission is an understatement. The patriotism shown here today fills my heart with hope and we are thankful beyond words,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America, in a news release. “We will remember heroes today, and honor their families, but we will also teach our children the importance of character. The character of an American is not easily defined, but it can be seen by the sacrifices of our young men and women fighting to protect our freedoms, and the loved ones they leave behind.”

Officers participating in this year's event were: Knox County Sheriff's Deputies John Palmer, Nathaniel Jack, Michael Sprague and Knox County Jail Corrections Officers Timothy Davis and Kathy Burrell.

Knox County Sheriff's deputies and correction officers pay their respects at the Vietnam Veterans Wall, where the brother of Kathy Burrell, center, is listed. Also pictured are, from left, Deputy Nathaniel Jack, Corrections Officer Timothy Davis, Deputy John Palmer and Sgt. Michael Sprague. (Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Knox County Sheriff's deputies lay a wreath at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. (Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
From left, Knox County Jail Corrections Officer Timothy Davis and Knox County Sheriff's Deputies John Palmer, Sgt. Michael Sprague and Nathaniel Jack in Washington, D.C. Dec. 15. (Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Knox County officers lay a wreath Dec. 15 at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Officers, from left, John Palmer, Kathy Burrell and Nathaniel Jack help unload and hand out wreaths to be placed on gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. (Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Knox County Sheriff's Deputy John Palmer hands out wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery Dec. 15. (Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Comments (4)
Posted by: Randy Stearns | Dec 18, 2012 17:28

Looking sharp in your dress uniforms. Thanks for representing the MidCoast in such a fine fashion! Merry Christmas

Posted by: Anita Scott | Dec 18, 2012 09:37

Terrific pictures. Thanks for representing Maine. Makes me proud. Warmest wishes to all.

Posted by: Lawrence Butler | Dec 18, 2012 05:28

Thank you deputies and officers for this act of respect to our fallen Americans. And thank you to Village Soup for providing coverage.  Wishing you a safe, quiet yet merry Christmas to you and your families.

Posted by: Betty McCommic | Dec 17, 2012 19:22

A very kind thing to do and nice pictures of knox county sheriffs and corrections officer pictures.


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