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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:29 PM
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Gift of wreaths touches nation
Gift of wreaths touches nation



http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-12-14-wreaths-...

ARLINGTON, Va. The rows of gravestones stretched out before him like time itself. But when John Lechler saw the date on one particular tombstone, he knew where to lay his wreath. And for a moment, Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Gordon H. Sterling Jr., who died on Dec. 7, 1941, lived again.


The balsam fir wreath was from Maine made by hand, decorated by hand, wrapped, boxed and loaded on a truck by hand, then driven 750 miles to Arlington National Cemetery.

This is the miracle of Arlington. "When you first look at that sea of stones, you don't get the impression of individuality," says Tom Sherlock, the cemetery historian. "But if you stop for just a moment and look at the name on the stone, in that moment they're thought of again, and they live again."

Lechler was one of about 600 volunteers at the cemetery Thursday for what has become a new holiday tradition: placing Christmas wreaths supplied by a Maine businessman who never got over his first sight of the cemetery on more than 5,000 veterans' graves.

"It's great that we came together to show our gratitude, considering how tough it is for everybody with this war going on," says Lechler, 42, an Ashburn, Va., resident who runs a sports training business and who never served in the military.

Every December for the past 15 years, Morrill Worcester, owner of one of the world's largest holiday wreath companies, has taken time in the midst of his busiest season to haul a truckload of wreaths to Arlington from his small Downeast Maine town of Harrington.

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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:36 PM
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1. that brought tears to my eyes
what a wonderful thing to do!
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 08:43 AM
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3. If you can find a picture that's full-size, it's quite stunning to look at. nt
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partylessinOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:03 PM
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2. Transporting the wreaths:


A new program, "Wreaths Across America," shipped a total of about 1,300 wreaths to more than 200 national cemeteries and vets' memorials in all 50 states.
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bigluckyfeet Donating Member (559 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 09:37 PM
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4. Here is the Company Website
You can watch a nice video on Arlington and the wreaths.Click on video on demand.

http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.com
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