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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.
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.
In what began in 1992 as one man's dream and a hearfelt gesture, Worcester Wreath Company initiated the Arlington National Cemetery project - donating over 5000 wreaths each year to adorn the headstones of our fallen veterans.
2006 marks both the 15th anniversary of the Arlington Wreath Project, and the start of the Wreaths Across America campaign to honor veterans in each and every State and National cemetery across the country.
It begins with a hand-made wreath, but Worcester Wreath President Morrill Worcester is quick to remind everyone who will listen, that "it takes a lot of hands and a lot of hearts to make this happen each year.
It is our way of giving something back, because without the sacrifices of our Veterans, and their families, we wouldn't be in a position to do any of this.
The Arlington Project and Wreaths Across America is about the spirit of appreciation for what we have, and a determination to give something back."