A quarter of a million balsam wreaths will arrive today at the nation’s most hallowed ground, Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty U.S. service members, veterans and their families.
Volunteers with Wreaths Across America and the Rotary Club of Dublin AM will hold a wreath-laying ceremony from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dublin Cemetery. Volunteers will place the greenery on headstones.
The “Wreaths Across America” convoy departed Saturday, Dec. 10 from Columbia Falls, Maine, where the wreaths are made, and will stop at schools, memorials and veteran group gatherings along the 740-mile journey to Arlington, Virginia.
The tradition began when Maine wreath maker Morrill Worcester donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington Cemetery. Since then, it’s grown each year.