Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wreaths Across America comes to Windham on December 10 by Mel Greenier

Lil Charron, Event Coordinator of Wreaths Across America of Columbia Falls, Maine has contacted American Legion’s Field-Allen Post 148 and Chris Howell, Windham High School Principal about their wish to make Windham High School, their convoy’s last stop in Maine on their journey to Arlington’s National Cemetery.

On Sunday, December 10, a convoy of 31 Gold Star Families and an estimated 175 volunteers traveling in 13 Chevrolet Suburban’s, two buses, two vans, 10 tractor trailers, Allen Lund’s Gigantic HD pick-up truck and an escort of eight law enforcement vehicles, will all arrive at the Windham Circle; where units from Windham Police and Fire Departments will meet and escort the convoy to Windham High School arriving at approximately 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wreaths Across America convoy in Washington D.C.

The vehicles will park and everyone will gather at the high school’s covered entrance by the flag which is where the outside ceremony will begin. Wally Clark, Field-Allen Post 148 Americanism/Youth Officer will be the Outdoor Master of Ceremonies.

The Windham Police Honor Guard, along with the Field-Allen Honor Guard, will present colors and assist with the placement of the State House Wreath at the Veteran Memorial. The Field-Allen Unit 148 Ladies Auxiliary and A Co. 1st BN 3rd ACTB, Joint Military Cadets of America led by Dan Wirtz, will also assist in the event.

The outside ceremony will include, but not be limited to, the National Anthem played by the high school band, State Wreath posted by legion members and music provided by the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corp. Taps will also be performed.

Poland Spring will provide complimentary hot chocolate during the outside ceremonies.
The inside ceremony will be held in the auditorium with Windham High School Principal, Chris Howell acting as the Indoor Master of Ceremonies. The Windham Police Department will act as Honor Guard with the American Legion Honor Guard assisting.

Other events to follow will include an introduction of the Gold Star Families and local World War II Veterans will be honored. A description of the Summit Project Memorial Stones Program will be provided by Cindy DeCosta of Rolling Thunder, and there will be music performed by local music legend Rick Charette who will sing, “I’m an American, yes I am" which is this year's convoy theme.

Please join us in the Wreath Across the American festivities. A special surprise is scheduled for everyone’s listening pleasure!

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