This Christmas you have the opportunity to participate in a holiday tradition that touches hearts across America and around the world. It started at Arlington National Cemetery, with one man’s boyhood dream. Morrill Worcester of the Worchester Wreath Company found himself with extra wreaths during the Christmas season of 1992. Remembering his childhood visit to Arlington, and the vision of thousands of unadorned graves representing veterans who had made the ultimate sacrifice for his freedom and his opportunity to grow a successful business in America, Worcester sought a way to honor them. He arranged to have the excess wreaths placed at Arlington, in an older section of the cemetery which received fewer visitors with each passing year.
What began as a one man’s simple act of honor has become a national tradition, funded by donations and carried out by volunteers. The Arlington Wreath Project has become Wreaths Across America™ whose goal is to one day see every veteran’s grave in the country covered to honor every veteran during the holidays.
In Sarasota, the tradition is being upheld by the Sarasota Military Academy who is sponsoring the wreath-laying ceremony at the Sarasota National Cemetery as a fund-raising project. The sponsorship proceeds place a wreath at one of the participating cemeteries and help support the Wreaths Across America™ fund-raising partners, educational and veterans’ services outreach. For each $15 wreath sponsorship purchased, SMA will receive $5.
Bethel Farms will be sponsoring wreaths representing each of our farm facilities: Ft. Pierce, Arcadia, County Line and Newton, GA. We invite you to join us!
The wreath-laying ceremony will be conducted on December 11, 2010, beginning at 11:30 a.m. For more information about the Sarasota project contact LTC William Brockman at 239-232-4221.