Remember. Honor. Teach.
In 1992, Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, noticed an excess of wreaths and got the idea to honor fallen Veteran’s by placing wreaths at veteran cemeteries. Which is how Wreaths Across America began.
photo from wreathacrossamerica.org
Since then, Wreath Across America has been remembering, honoring and teaching others about veterans for over 20 years. They do this by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies during their annual “Veterans Parade” in December. Many know about the ceremony held at the Arlington National Cemetery, but there are many other stops and ceremonies held during the escort to Arlington to honor fallen veterans.
Photo from wreathsacrossamerica.org
The Veteran’s Parade starts in Maine and ends at the Arlington National Cemetery. Each year trucking companies and professional drivers donate many hours and resources to help deliver thousands of WAA remembrance wreaths. WAA mission is remembering fallen heroes, honoring those who serve and teaching others about the sacrifices veterans and their families have made to preserve our freedom.
This year WAA trucks will be stopping at our Truckstop. There will be an hour-long ceremony to remember, honor and teach others about veterans. Dysart’s is taking part to help raise money to support wreaths for fallen veterans. We are selling WAA stickers for your cars, windows, doors, computers, or wherever you like.
Last year WAA placed 90,000 remembrance wreaths. 2012 goal is to place a wreath on each 225,000 headstone at the cemetery. Donate to help support this year’s goal! You can donate by purchasing a WAA sticker at our Restaurant and many of our travel stops. Or Check out WAA website to learn more of how you can help!
Check out this article about a local father of a fallen veteran for more of an understanding of all that goes into WAA and why truckers donate their time driving for this great cause!