Osnaburg Historical Society
Wreaths Across America was founded in 1992 by a Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, due to a surplus of holiday wreaths during the holiday season. He saw an opportunity to pay tribute to our country’s veterans. Through the efforts of Mr. Worcester and a senator from Maine, arrangements were made to place those wreaths at the Arlington National Cemetery.
In 2007, the Worcester Family formed a non- profit organization, Wreaths Across America, to continue and expand their efforts at Arlington Cemetery and to support those around the country who wished to do the same.
Wreaths Across America’s mission is very simple: Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve and Teach the next generation about the value of freedom.
December 19th, all across America, wreaths were laid in their honor. Volunteers came to help make the day special. Megan Felcyn sang the National Anthem for us to open the service.
Ralph Toalston representing the the American Legion Post 667 and Marine Corp read to us.
Our President Kay Upole gave the opening remarks.
Heidi Freshour, trustee of the OHS read a touching poem to us.
Robert Morrison Commander of the American Legion Post 667 and the US Army read to us.
Terry Bailey, Pastor of Indian Run Christian Church was our speaker,
and the Mayor spoke.
Dorothy Bell, Chaplin of the American Legion Post 667, gave the benediction.
A 21 gun salute and taps was played.
Then all the volunteers took a wreath, and laid it upon the graves marked with American flags.
Thank yous go out to our wonderful volunteers, our singer, the color guards, the American Legion for their participation and ideas.
And of Course,The OHS members who worked very hard on this project!
God Bless, and stayed tuned for next year.
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