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.