First Lady Ann LePage to Join the Wreaths Across America Convoy for the 4th Consecutive Year

December 4, 2014

Contact: Lynn Harvey, Blaine House Director (207) 512-0280

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AUGUSTA, Maine – First Lady Ann LePage will join the Wreaths Across America annual convoy from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery, which begins at noon on Sunday, December 7 at the Bank of America building on Route 3 in Belfast.

“Shortly after Paul took office, I adopted the Wreaths Across America mission statement as my driving force: to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and their families, and teach our children the value of freedom,” LePage said. “The placing of the wreaths in Arlington is such a powerful experience. The first two years, I alternated between the tractor-trailer trucks of the convoy from Maine to Arlington. But the convoy is also escorted by patriotic motorcyclists. I truly appreciate the effort of these volunteers. Not everyone will ride a motorcycle in December from Maine to Virginia! So last year I joined them on the back of a motorcycle and have pledged to do so again this year.”

Since 1992, “The Arlington Project” had been the quiet mission of Morrill Worcester and his family. In 2006, online stories fueled attention for his annual quest. Worcester was contacted by the Patriot Guard Riders, who generously offered their help with the project. Since then, the Patriot Guard Riders have escorted the wreath trucks down the East Coast, taking several days to make the trip. This allows stops at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities; it also gives the group an opportunity to promote their mission: Remember, Honor and Teach. This “parade” of truckers, supporters and well-wishers has become an annual event and teaching opportunity for Wreaths Across America, as well as a valued part of The Arlington Project.

For more information about Wreaths Across America and their mission and to view the schedule of this year’s events, please visit http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/events/escort-to-arlington/.