First Lady LePage, Wreaths Across America Caravan Departs Maine Monday

December 7, 2012

AUGUSTA – Maine’s First Lady Ann M. LePage will be among the dozens of volunteers in the caravan of eight wreath-filled tractor trailer trucks, Patriot Guard Riders motorcycles and Maine State Police cruisers when it departs Maine on Monday bound for Arlington National Cemetery.

This is the second straight year LePage, who has made advocacy and awareness for military members and their families of past and present her priority, will participate in bringing tens of thousands of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery, with many stops for wreath-laying ceremonies along the way, including at the U.S. Naval Academy. Wreaths Across America was started in 1992 by Harrington wreath company owners Morrill and Karen Worcester. This year’s caravan begins in Washington County on Saturday, departs Maine on Monday and ends Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Governor Paul R. LePage will join his wife twice on the trip, including for a rally at Cheverus High School in Portland at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 where the First Lady will speak and for the wreath laying at sites throughout Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 15, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the grave of President Kennedy, the USS Maine Mast and memorials for World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Maine stops of the First Lady’s trip include:

Sunday, Dec. 9 at noon – First Lady Delivers Remarks To Send-Off Convoy From Dysart’s (Bangor)

Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4:30 p.m. – Governor and First Lady Participate In Cheverus High School Send-Off, First Lady To Deliver Remarks (Portland)

Monday, Dec. 10 at 7 a.m. – Arrive Westbrook Middle School

Monday, Dec. 10 at 10:45 a.m. – Arrive at Wells Middle School

Monday, Dec. 10 at noon – Arrive Kittery Trading Post

The First Lady will also be available to do media interviews from the road. Please call Adrienne Bennett at (207) 287-2531 to schedule an interview.