On Saturday, December 12, 2009, Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company, Harrington, Maine, will donate over 15,000 Maine balsam fir holiday wreaths to be placed on graves at the Arlington National Cemetery. This will be the 18th consecutive year that Mr. Worcester has donated wreaths at Arlington.
This year, Cemetery officials have assigned us Sections 2, 9, 31 and 37 within the Cemetery for these wreaths to be placed. There will be a short welcome and briefing of all volunteers at 8:30am on that Saturday at the McClellan Arch on McClellan Drive (same place as last year).
We will start placing wreaths at approximately 9:00am. There will a special wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Noontime which we hope the volunteers will stay to attend. To learn more about the Arlington project and other wreath locations, check out www.wreathsacrossamerica.org .
Last December we had approximately 4,000 volunteers helping in this tribute to our fallen American Heroes. Based on the calls and e-mails I have received, I expect the number of volunteers to be even larger this year. Due to the large number of volunteers expected, and the limited parking spaces available, we encourage everyone who can to please use the Metro Rail system (Blue Line) to get to Arlington National Cemetery. Limited parking will be available in the Cemetery’s Employee and Administrative Parking lots (off King Drive) and along specific roads located to the East of Eisenhower Drive (King Drive, Leahy Drive, McClellan Drive and Halsey Drive).
There will be signs posted to direct you to these locations. To help with the traffic bottleneck problems the Cemetery will again has agreed to open a Service Entrance Gate located at the South end of the Cemetery near the intersection of South Joyce Street and Columbia Pike. If you must drive, please check out this entrance as an alternate to the main entrance to the Cemetery.
I look forward to seeing you all there.
If you have never participated in this endeavor, I highly recommend that you do, You will not be disappointed, however, to make the 8:30 breifing, I suggest you get there VERY early. Last year my family and I left Frederick at 0700 and we arrived at the exit off of the George Washingotn parkway by 0730, however did not arrive at McClellan Arch until 0900 due to traffic back-ups on the way into Arlington National Cemetery!