On Monday, May 26th at 11:00am, a Memorial Day observance will be conducted at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown.
In addition to honoring the dead of all American wars, the ceremonies, hosted by the Guardians of the National Cemetery, will be honoring veterans and thanking their families for the freedom they and all veterans have secured for us through many generations of valiant service to the county.
The ceremonies will begin sharply at 11:00am, and are expected to last approximately 45 minutes.
As a young boy Morrill Worcester visited Arlington National Cemetery and was forever changed by the sight of so many veteran graves. The memory of that trip stayed with the boy as he grew to be a successful businessman making Christmas Wreaths in a small town in Maine.
In 1992, The Worcester Wreath Company found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Remembering his childhood experience, Mr. Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s veterans.
With the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in an older section that had been receiving fewer visitors each year. As plans were underway, other organizations jumped in to help. A local trucking company offered to transport the wreaths to Arlington. Volunteers came forward to help decorate and lay the wreaths.