Wreaths Across America is a year-round effort…
Maine is rightfully proud of the Wreaths Across America project–the non-profit organization behind it says their mission is simple: remember, honor and teach. Best known for the week-long “Veteran’s Parade” that includes tractor trailers delivering wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery, the organization actually includes a number of activities here in Maine and around the Country.
Lois DeRaps, treasurer of Benton Grange #458 had the distinct privilege of participating in the laying of wreaths in Augusta a few years ago. She said she was especially impressed with the way young people were involved in helping and as a result became deeply committed to supporting the program.
Lois is also a member of VFW Post 8835 in Winslow and vice president of her VFW District. She says she is committed to mustering as many resources as possible in support of the program because she “really believes in it.” She reports that last year two tractor trailer loads of wreaths were delivered to Arlington National and the goal this year is to make it three.
Lois is offering a “short talk to any Grange interested in the program” to share her experiences as well as additional information about the program and how individuals and organizations can get involved. You can email Lois or contact her at PO Box 261 in Fairfield ME 04937.
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. This year’s parade begins on December 9th in Harrington ME and finishes on December 15th at Arlington.