Making a difference one wreath at a time

Published: December 14, 2007 | 6901st good news item since 2003

In a stressful world at a stressful time of year, it’s nice to see something that is so positive that it just makes everyone feel good about it.

We had an example of that this week when the Wreaths Across America motorcade made its way through Maine toward Arlington National Cemetery. That program was started in 1992 by the Worcester family from Washington County to honor veterans by making wreaths at Christmas time and putting them on their graves. It was a small way to say thank you for the great sacrifice so many have made for us in the wars we’ve had to fight. From its beginnings in Washington County, the program has grown into its own organization and attracted the support of wreath-makers throughout the United States.

On the way to Arlington National on Monday, the police escorted motorcade stopped at Wells Junior High School, one of several they made during the trip. The junior high turned out in force and gave a reception to the wreath makers and veterans in attendance that made the school and the town proud.

You couldn’t help but be uplifted by seeing the enthusiastic way the kids greeted the veterans or the pride the veterans showed in this acknowledgment.

It showed how one small act done 15 years ago can cause an avalanche of positive repercussions.

Congratulations to the Worcesters, the junior high students and staff, and all the wreath makers out there.

And to the veterans past and present, our most profound thank you.

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