Wreaths Across America
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Wreaths Across America Ceremony
December 18, 2021
Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal
In 1992, Worcester Wreath Company had approximately 5,000 excess to needs wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Company owner, Morrill Worcester, remembered a trip he'd won as a 12 year old paperboy to the Nation's Capitol. It was a trip he would never forget and Arlington National Cemetery made an indelible impression. In later life, he recognized that his success as a businessman was in large part, due to the values of the Nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. With the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snow, arrangements were made to place the wreaths at Arlington in an older section of the cemetery, a section which received fewer visitors with each passing year.
This became a quiet tradition that continued until 2005. In 2005, after the wreaths had been placed and a light snow had fallen, an Air Force Press Corps photographer took a photo of the green wreaths with the red bows, resting against the headstones, on the field of white snow. Adding a few solemn words, the photo became a viral hit and word spread quickly. In 2006, the idea for Wreaths Across America was born and wreaths were donated to over 218 state and national cemeteries.
On December 19, 2020, over 1,700,000 wreaths were donated and placed at over 2,557 locations, in all 50 States and ceremonies at 24 national veterans cemeteries on foreign soil. Over 160,000 volunteers participated in laying the wreaths nationwide. More than 500 truck loads were needed to transport the wreaths to locations nationwide. At Arlington National Cemetery alone, over 253,000 wreaths were laid by more than 57,000 volunteers.
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Grave specific requests at Rock Island National Cemetery:
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