Volunteers lay 100,000 wreaths at Arlington cemetery!
Volunteers have honored tens of thousands of veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery
with a massive effort to lay 100,000 holiday wreaths at their tombstones.
Maine's Gov. Paul LePage joined thousands of volunteers Saturday in placing the wreaths.
A convoy of more than 20 trucks left Maine last Sunday, bound for the cemetery
just across the Potomac River from the nation's capital.
The tradition began 20 years ago with little fanfare. Morrill Worcester, owner of
Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington, Maine, and others laid 5,000 wreaths
on headstonesthat first year to give thanks to the nation's veterans.
Since then, it has grown into an organization called Wreaths Across America
with ceremonies across the country.
Organizers say 10,000 people may join Saturday's wreath laying at Arlington.