Saturday, December 15, 2007

CHRISTMAS AT ARLINGTON

Honoring our dead, our soldiers at the holiday season provides honor and dignity to those who served their country. They are not forgotten. It also provides a therapeutic value to survivors as well as the rest of us Americans. Remembering our loved ones at the holiday season be they military or civilian is also a healthy way of providing us the survivors with an emotional healing process. These photos tell a story and for everyone one of us that view the photos. As we view the photos and allow our mind to wonder, we all see the same story line but in our minds they story may be told differently. Fred


Arlington National Cemetery at Christmas



Rest easy, sleep well my brothers. Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell..




These wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.

These images are authentic and came from from a December 19, 2005 story published on Air Force Link, the official online news service of the U.S. Air Force. Snapped by Air Force photographer Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi, the pictures document the 14th annual Christmas wreath laying event at Arlington National Cemetery.

The tradition was started in 1992 by Morrill Worcester, owner of the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine. That year he brought thousands of surplus wreaths and a group of volunteers who helped him decorate the grave sites of America's fallen soldiers. Since then it has become an annual event and was expanded in 2006 with the assistance of the Civil Air Patrol to include all of the 230 state and national cemeteries and veterans' monuments throughout the U.S.

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