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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King participated in the Wreaths Across America Capitol wreath laying ceremony this morning in Washington. Beginning in 2007, and each December since, Wreaths Across America, based out of Columbia Falls, Maine, has placed a remembrance Wreath at the U.S. Capitol Building. The wreath laid at the U.S. Capitol is adorned with flags representing each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and POWs/MIAs, and it is decorated with a red bow.
During the ceremony, which coincided with similar ceremonies at all 50 state capitols across our country, Senators Collins and King delivered remarks and joined in a moment of silence to reflect on the holiday season and to honor and remember our nation’s veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices.
“Wreaths Across America is a powerful demonstration of respect and appreciation for our veterans – both those that we’ve lost and those still with us,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “In this season of giving, the thoughts of all Americans turn to those who have given us the most precious gift of all: our freedom. All Mainers should be proud that Wreaths Across America, this heartfelt expression of America’s gratitude, began in our State.”
A convoy of volunteers and thousands of Maine-made balsam wreaths departed from Maine yesterday, December 10th, and are scheduled to arrive at Arlington National Cemetery on December 16th. Thousands of volunteers are expected to lay the wreaths at the graves of each American veteran. In addition to Arlington National Cemetery, volunteers will place approximately 1.2 million wreaths at over 1,200 locations in all 50 states and numerous national veteran cemeteries on foreign soil.