COLUMBIA FALLS, ME (KTRE) - This Christmas, people have a way to remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for America over the years.
People can volunteer for and/or donate to Wreaths Across America.
"One man's annual tribute to our veterans inspired a legion of volunteers and gave rise to Wreaths Across America of today," the Wreaths Across America website states.
According to the website, Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization that was founded by Morrill Worcester, the owner of the Worchester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine. The effort dates back to when he was a 12-year-old paper boy for the "Bangor Daily News," and he won a trip to Washington, D.C.
"His first trip to our nation's capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him," the website states. "This experience followed him throughout his life and successful career, reminding him that his good fortune was due, in large part, to the values of this nation and the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country."
When Worcester's company had a surplus of wreaths in 1992, Worchester saw an opportunity to honor America's fallen heroes, the website states. With the help of Maine senator Olympia Snowe, he arranged for the wreaths to be placed in one of the older sections of the Arlington National Cemetery.
The effort continued quietly, until 2005, when a photo of snow-covered wreaths at the Arlington National Cemetery made the rounds on the internet. It quickly grew into a national effort.
Click here for the link to the Wreaths Across America website.