Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating Saturday, December 16, 2017 as “Wreaths Across America Day.” On December 16th, a convoy of volunteers is scheduled to arrive at Arlington National Cemetery to lay Maine-made balsam wreaths at the grave site of American veterans interred there.
“In its twenty-six year history, Wreaths Across America has become an enduring symbol of valor and sacrifice, and reaffirms our never-ending obligation to thank those who served in defense of our nation,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “This Maine-led tradition is an inspiring example of the generosity and gratitude to our nation’s veterans that makes the holiday season so special. We are grateful for the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who ‘Remember, Honor, Teach’ through Wreaths Across America.”
To honor our fallen heroes, wreaths will be laid at the graves of American servicemembers as part of a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition to Arlington National Cemetery, wreaths will be laid at more than 1,200 other locations across the country and at numerous national veterans cemeteries on foreign soil. Patriot Guard Riders will once again continue their tradition of escorting the wreath trucks from Maine down the East Coast, along with other patriotic escorts including motorcycle units, law enforcement, and first responders. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in this proud tradition.
International Paper (IP), which has a facility located in Auburn, Maine, provided all of the boxes for the wreaths that were transported from Maine to Virginia. IP is one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp, and paper. The Auburn facility also donated a truck to be part of the convoy to Arlington National Cemetery.
The resolution is available HERE.