Friday, December 6, 2019

Everlasting Gratitude Wreath Program invites community to lay wreaths

The American Legion Everlasting Gratitude Wreath Program will be out in force on Saturday morning, December 7 at Arlington and Smith Cemeteries and they invite the community to join in the laying of the wreaths. 

Members of the following organizations have provided support: Field-Allen Post and Unit (ALA) 148, Studio Flora personnel, Sebago Gardens and VFW.

The above organizations will meet at the Arlington Cemetery at 9 a.m. to attach bows to the wreaths  
and then place them on over 300 veteran’s graves. At the same time, the cadre from the Windham High School Jr. Cadet Corp will be busy placing 200 wreaths on the veterans’ graves at Smith Cemetery on Route 202.

Over 900 wreaths will be placed on veteran’s graves in all the Windham cemeteries. 

The Everlasting Gratitude Program was started in 2013 by local Florist, Libby Jordan, of Studio Flora with a goal of placing an evergreen wreath on every veteran’s grave in the cemeteries of Windham. Moving ahead to today, the American Legion Field-Allen Post 148 of Windham is now administering the program with support from Studio Flora.

The Windham based program mirrors the Wreaths across America project that provides wreaths at veteran’s graves in national cemeteries. Windham has over 24 local cemeteries with over 875 veteran’s graves dating back to the Revolutionary War. In December these graves will be honored with the wreaths adorned with a red, white and blue ribbon manufactured by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 148.

Plans are already underway to continue the Wreath Program for 2020.

Again, the community is invited to help lay wreaths on the graves of those who served this Country.

If you are unable to help lay wreaths, funds are always needed to make the bows and purchase the wreaths. To make a financial donation, please send a check to: American Legion Wreath Program P.O. Box 1776, Windham Maine 04062.

Thank you for your support from the American Legion, Field-Allen Post 148 in Windham.

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