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Old Saybrook To Again Host, Pay Tribute to 'Wreaths Across America' on Dec. 10th
By: Wreaths Across America
Old Saybrook is a major official stop in Connecticut as the Wreaths Across America caravan travels to Arlington National Cemetery, where the group will place wreaths on the graves of thousands of fallen soldiers.
The public, especially veterans and their families, are invited and encouraged to attend. In addition, cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London as well as sailors from the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton are invited to attend.
Those attending the 1:15 p.m. special ceremony can meet the Worcester family, who created the Wreaths Across America initiative, and thank the 100-plus volunteer tractor-trailer drivers, Gold Star and Blue Star families, Patriot Guard Riders, Maine State Police, dignitaries and veterans. Gil Simmons, a U.S. Marine veteran and NEWS8 Chief Meteorologist, will serve as the Special Master of Ceremonies and the Invocation for Wreaths Across America will be given by Chaplain, Retired Captain U.S. Navy Jane Vieira, for the December 10th event at Old Saybrook High School.
Among the dignitaries invited to attend this year's special tribute are Governor Ned Lamont, Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl Fortuna. Other local dignitaries invited include State Senators Norm Needleman and Paul Formica and State Representative Devin Carney.
Morrill Worcester, the owner of Worcester Wreaths in Maine, began his generous initiative in 1992 with a trailer full of New England-grown wreaths decorated by volunteers, which he laid at the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Over the years, the "Wreaths" mission has grown to encompass its current theme of "Remember, Honor, and Teach" the value of freedom in today's world.
The Wreaths Across America caravan is scheduled to depart from Old Saybrook High School at about 2:30 p.m. on December 10th and the public is encouraged to cheer them on as they head out to continue their journey to Arlington National Cemetery.
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Max Sabrin, Wreaths Across America - CT Spokesperson
Page Updated Last on: Nov 29, 2019