Wreaths Across America provides wreaths for Montana State Veterans Cemetery

Saul Bowman
December 21, 2017

With the help of Wreaths Across America, the Civil Air Patrol, Bennett Motor Express LLC, John Christner Trucking Inc., and hundreds of park supporters, the park received a record 3,654 wreaths this year! The weather on Saturday proved to be much nicer than a year ago with sunny skies and temperatures near 40 degrees.

Along with hundreds of other volunteer trucking companies, the WP Rawl truck was responsible for carrying thousands of wreaths to the Beaufort National Cemetery in SC for the annual laying of the wreaths this past Saturday.

They were remembering the fallen, the prisoners of war and the missing in action, as well as honoring those who served and who are serving in the nation's armed forces.

"It is a chance for us to come and pray for the men who fought for us", she said. "There are so many heroes buried here", Slaughter said in the press release. Roger is a Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient.

Anne Judge, mother of troop member Jane, said participating in the event is important. "It reminds us of how much they have done to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today".

The ceremony and view of so many wreaths decorating the cemetery brings a lump to your throat, Julie said, when you realize the enormity of the sacrifice the country's veterans have made.

"It was a moving day and an honor to be part of such a massive global program to remember our veterans and teach the next generation what it means to have the freedoms that we do", Dobrosielski told WHAV, adding that 1.5 million wreaths were placed nationwide. "As a veteran myself, I think it's up to us to lead the charge and support this type of work as best as we can".

Inspiration for the event began when Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company, was 12 years old and won a trip to Washington, D.C. At that time, he was working as a paperboy for the Bangor Daily News.

Thousands of people across the United States participate in the memorial, said 1st Lt. Darrell R. Smith, Commander of the Gregg County Squadron.

For the first time, organizers received enough wreaths to cover every headstone at the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Caribou during a December 16 Wreaths Across America ceremony.

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