Monday, November 13, 2006

Arlington Cemetery And The Differences Between US

Reposted from last December:

I've received many hits at Ah, Shoot! looking for this story. People are still searching for information about it, so I decided to repost as commenter Mel directed me to a new website, Wreaths Across America. It appears that Worcester Wreath is expanding their program to other cemeteries and veterans monuments across America. Visit the website and see if there's a location in your area.

From Michelle Malkin. There has apparently been a tradition started at Arlington Cemetary that has a company in Maine supplying wreaths to decorate various sections of the graves. At the end of the post she posted an e-mail from a reader that said "Thanks for posting the photo of the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Your readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state."

I thought it would be interesting to find out more about this selfless owner. I searched for the Worcester Wreath Company and stumbled on this article by Dorothy Brush of the Crossville Chronicle of Crossville Tennessee in 2004. It told of her search for the Worcester Wreath Co. "In 1998 I saw a tiny item in Yankee magazine telling about a wreath company in Maine that had been making and sending wreaths to Arlington since 1993. It was their way of recognizing hero veterans. My reaction was there had to be more to the story. The name of the company was given so I dialed directory assistance. The operator said there was no Worcester Wreath Co. listed in Harrington, ME. Was there a listing for the Blue Bird Trucking Co, I asked. The answer was no...." Well, it looks like the story about the selfless donations was nothing but an urban myth. Another great story that didn't pan out. But then I read further..."but then she added there was a Blue Bird Ranch. I called that number, and the man who answered the phone was able to give me the number for the wreath company." Whoa! Maybe the story is true. I read the rest of the story and it agreed with the e-mail from Michelle's reader. Unfortunately, the story by Brush doesn't indicate that the area is poverty stricken, it looks like the volunteers came from the Washington DC area. Still, it shows that some people will be generous with time and materials for something worthwhile such as honoring our fallen soldiers. Time, talent, and treasure given for something beyond self by those who aren't considered opinion leaders or intelligent. No, those people wouldn't waste time honoring heroes, they spend their time here.

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