COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine, November 16, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The nation’s longest veteran parade – Wreaths Across America’s annual escort to Arlington National Cemetery – kicks off Saturday, December 11, 2021. National President of American Gold Star Mothers Inc. (AGSM) Jo Ann Maitland and President Emeritus of Gold Star Brides of America, Inc. (GSW) Nancy Menagh will lead the caravan as this year’s Co-Grand Marshal. The official escort will travel the East Coast, stopping at schools, memorials and other locations en route to spread the mission of REMEMBER, HONOR and TEACH. Stops with public events will be held in Maine, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington DC, before arriving at Arlington National Cemetery on the morning of Saturday, December 18 – National Wreath Day across America.
To view the full schedule, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/arlington-escort-information.
“For those who have had the opportunity to participate in the Wreath Escort over the years, it truly is an experience of a lifetime,” said Karen worcester, Executive Director, WAA. “The way we and the Mission are greeted in communities, with flags waving and streets lined with children and veterans, is something we always wished every American could witness. This year, we hope the supporters will join us again in aligning the roads safely and welcoming the mission to their communities.
For the 7e In a row, Chevrolet, which has generously sponsored the escort vehicles carrying families and participating Gold Star veterans, will once again provide wrapped vehicles in addition to sponsoring 4,000 Veterans Wreaths to be placed at the Arlington National Cemetery.
“Chevrolet and its dealers are proud to support the work of Wreaths Across America and deliver the message of their mission to remember, honor and teach. This annual tradition has become a key event for Chevrolet and its dealers here in the Northeast region, ”said Dan Adamcheck, Regional Director, Sales, Service and Marketing for Chevrolet. “Being able to give back to our communities and to the men and women who have given so much to our country is truly an honor for Chevrolet and its employees. “
Participants in this year’s convoy include Gold Star Families, Blue Star Families, Veterans, Volunteers, and members of the Patriot Guard Riders and Patriot Riders. Law enforcement from departments in Maine and other states along the route will provide an escort to ensure safe transportation for all participants throughout the week.
Twelve semi-trailers representing Walmart Transportation, Schneider National, Gully Transportation, Witte Bros. Exchange, Inc., Hartt Transportation Systems, Inc., Delhaize Transportation LLC (DBA Hannaford Supermarkets), American Trucking Associations – Share the Road Truck, Pottle’s Transportation, Cargo Transporters, Inc., Boyd Grain Inc., Hampton Road Moving & Storage and Tyson Foods, Inc., will transport some of the wreaths from sponsored veterans to Arlington National Cemetery for placement on Saturday, December 18. In addition, The Load One Carriers will again serve as the escort’s ceremonial wreath carrier.
In total, nearly 257,000 sponsored wreaths are needed to meet the goal of placing a wreath on every eligible marker at Arlington National Cemetery. To sponsor a $ 15 veteran crown for this location, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ARLING. Note, volunteers lay wreaths at Arlington will need to pre-register this year and present proof of registration on Crown Day. You can also register on the above site.
What began 30 years ago as a pilgrimage from Maine wreath maker Morrill Worcester in a single truck to deliver 5,000 wreaths to Arlington as a thank you has grown into a national mission to remember, honor, teach. National Wreath Day ceremonies across America take place in more than 2,900 participating venues across the country on Saturday, December 18, 2021. These events are free and open to everyone. To find a participating location near you to support and / or volunteer to lay wreaths, Click here.
About crowns across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, started by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992 The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is achieved in part each year by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in December in Arlington, as well as at more than 2,900 participating sites in all 50 states and abroad. For more information, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
SOURCE Crowns Across America