Wreaths Across America is coming to Connecticut

In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Morrill 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 one of the older sections of the cemetery, a section which had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.
In 2005, a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet. Suddenly, the project received national attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to help with Arlington, to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries, or to simply share their stories and thank Morrill Worcester for honoring our nation’s heroes. Come 2006 the Patriot Guard riders got involved and there was the first official “Veterans Honor Parade” from Maine to Arlington.
Each year the event grows larger as more wreaths are donated to Arlington National Cemetery with over 200,000 wreaths being donated last year. An escort of Patriot Guard Riders, trucks, and cars make their way south each December. Many of the trucks are decorated especially for the event and they stop at schools, war memorials, and other places along the way. This year, as in the past, one of the trucks will break from the escort and come to Connecticut with Patriot Guard Riders for some special events.

Tuesday December 10, 2013

08:30  Cabela’s  475 East Hartford Blvd.  East Hartford, CT       Please arrive promptly for briefing and a short ceremony.

09:00- 09:10  Depart for the Legislative Office Building  Corner of Capitol Av and Broad St Hartford  Parking will be on the access rd in front of the Armory.

09:30 Ceremony at the Wall of Honor    Legislative Office Building.

10:05-10:15 Depart LOB for Edna C. Stevens School   25 Court St. Cromwell, CT.

10:45-11:00 Arrive Cromwell.

11:30-11:45 Depart Cromwell for Cheshire High School  525 South Main St (RT 10) Cheshire, CT.

12:30-12:45 Arrive Cheshire High School.

1:30-1:40 Depart Cheshire for Old Saybrook. 

3:00pm (approx)  Arrival in Old Saybrook. We will be staging adjacent to the Old Saybrook High school during the down time. There will be about 2-2.5 hours of down time in Old Saybrook as the ceremony will begin at approx 6pm next to the OS fire house.    

6:00pm Ceremony next to Old Saybrook Fire House

Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

08:15  Staging in Old Saybrook across from the Old Saybrook fire house ( Old OS Police Dept)

08:45    Depart Old Saybrook for East Lyme.

09:10-09:15    Arrive Flanders Elementary School  167 Boston Post Rd. East Lyme, CT.

10:00-10:10     Depart Flanders Elementary for Norwich.

10:45–11:00    Arrive Chelsea Parade Norwich.

11:45-11:50  Depart Norwich for US Coast Guard Academy New London

12:20-12:30  Arrive US Coast Guard Academy

1:00-1:10 Depart USCG Academy for USS Nautilus Museum  Groton

1:30-1:40 Arrive USS Nautilus Museum Groton.   Upon completion of USS Nautilus Museum ceremony,  2013 WAA CT tour is complete.     

To find out more about Wreaths Across America or to sponsor a wreath visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org

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