HARRINGTON, Maine (AP/WCMH) — About 250,000 Maine-made wreaths on 10 tractor-trailers are headed to the cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, where they will be placed on headstones on Saturday, Dec.14.
Wreaths are also being shipped to veterans cemeteries across the United States and around the world.
Locally, Dublin’s Grand Leprechauns will honor veterans during a ceremony at 10 a.m. in Dublin Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America.
In addition, several wreaths were placed along gravemarkers in Green Lawn Cemetery Saturday morning.
The section of Green Lawn that was decorated holds about 3,600 veterans, with a large number of World War II veterans interred there.
The cemetery said it rotates among its six veteran sections from year to year for the Wreaths Across America event.
The tradition began when Maine wreath maker Morrill Worcester’s Worcester Wreath Company donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington Cemetery.
Wreaths Across America has grown since then.
A spokeswoman said more than 2 million wreaths will be placed on markers across more than 2,000 locations this holiday season.
The wreaths are started the long journey to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 7 when tractor-trailers loaded with the wreaths departed from Down East Maine.
The national president of American Gold Star Mothers Inc., Mona Gunn, led the caravan as grand marshal.
Her son died in a terrorist attack on the USS Cole.