Wreaths Across America and Maine’s First Lady Team up to Honor the Fallen

December 7, 2011

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

First Lady Ann LePage with a Patriot Guard Rider.

AUGUSTA – Today, First Lady Ann LePage arrived at the Vietnam War Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey. The stop is one as she makes her way to Arlington National Cemetery to deliver 90-thousand wreaths which honor fallen soldiers. The First Lady is among the many Mainers heading to Arlington, Virginia with the Wreaths Across America convoy that left Maine on Monday.

“There are so many wonderful people that we have met along the way and they are so grateful,” said Ann LePage. “People we pass by on the side of the road have their hands over their hearts or are waving a flag. It’s heartwarming and I have never been more proud or honored to do anything in my life,” she said.

The First Lady has been riding with the Patriot Guard Riders who have been escorting the tractor-trailers filled with Maine-made balsam wreaths. This is the 20th consecutive year that Morrill Worcester, owner of Harrington, Maine-based Worcester Wreath Company, has traveled to Arlington to lay wreaths on gravestones and it is the first time someone from Maine's first family has joined Morrill and Karen Worcester for the trip to honor deceased veterans at Arlington.

The Governor and First Lady attended the opening of the Wreaths Across America Museum last September in Columbia Falls. At that time, the First Lady asked if she could volunteer and make the trip with the Worcester’s.

The Governor leaves for Arlington on Friday then will help decorate gravesites and participate in other ceremonies on Saturday including the wreath laying on the “Mast of Maine.”

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