Wreath-laying ceremony at Bath National Cemetery

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Sharp Hill Cemetery will join more than 1,000 locations across the country in Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, Dec. 16, at noon.

Every December, trucks full of Maine-made wreaths travel to Washington, D.C.to honor our nation's heroes. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country's veterans.

The annual tribute went on quietly for several years, until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet.

The wreaths will remain in place until January 20, when volunteers will again be needed to help remove them.

Wreath-laying ceremony at Bath National Cemetery
Wreath-laying ceremony at Bath National Cemetery

Although the number of cemeteries participating in Ottawa County has been reduced, the committee plans to cover every military veteran gravesite in the entire county over a four-year period, from 2016 to 2019. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veterans' graves. The nationwide program distributes wreaths during the holidays as a tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries.

The wreath-laying is still held annually, on the second or third Saturday of December. The local mission, sponsored by the Corning-Baron Steuben National Society DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), is to remember, honor and teach about area service men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Rolling Thunder, a veterans advocacy group, will lead the event at the veterans section of the cemetery.

The Wreaths Across America program was started in 1992 by Morrill Worcester, owner of The Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine.

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