Arpin Van Lines Delivers 5,000 Wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery During “Wreaths Across America" Day
Arpin Van Lines volunteered to transport an estimated 5,000 wreaths from Columbia Falls, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery, to be laid in memory of veterans during National Wreaths Across America Day on December 14th.
Steven Meyer, van operator, and his wife Angie, volunteered on behalf of Arpin Van Lines to drive the wreaths from Maine to Virginia. At the destination, they helped unload and place the wreaths at gravestones with the aid of active members of the Armed Forces, veterans, families and community volunteers.
“When we opened up the trailer to allow the families of fallen veterans to take the first wreaths, I was immediately overcome with emotion,” said Meyer. “My wife and I are very proud to have been a part of this occasion to honor our fallen heroes.”
Wreaths Across America is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery started by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. The organization coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 800 cemeteries and military memorials in all 50 states. In 2008, and each year since, Congress has issued a proclamation officially recognizing “Wreaths Across America Day” each December. More information may be found on the organization’s website at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
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