COLUMBIA FALLS, ME and ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - Dec 10, 2012) -
Wreaths Across America, along with more than 15,000 volunteers, will lay remembrance wreaths on 140,000 headstones of our fallen military on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. This is the organization's 21st year laying wreaths at our Nation's cemetery and marks the largest number ever delivered. A convoy of more than 25 vehicles, including tractor trailers, buses, motorcycles and cars carrying wreaths, veterans, families of fallen soldiers, and supporters, left Maine on Sunday, Dec. 9, to begin the six-day journey to Arlington National Cemetery. The convoy will make stops along the way at schools, veterans' homes and in communities in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, to share its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Morrill and Karen Worcester, founder and executive director (respectively), Wreaths Across America
Kathryn A. Condon, executive director, Army National Cemeteries Program
Patrick K. Hallinan, superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery
Maine Gov. Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage
High-ranking military personnel, representing each branch of the military
When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012
7 - 8:00 a.m.: Media check in downstairs at the Visitor Center (check in is required for credentials)
8 a.m.: Arlington National Cemetery Gates open to public; a shuttle will be provided from Visitor Center for credentialed media to the Memorial Amphitheater
8:30/8:45 a.m.: Ceremonial parade of trucks/vehicles arrives at Arlington's main entrance
9:30 a.m.: Opening ceremony at Memorial Amphitheater
9:45 a.m.: Flyby by HMX1 helicopters
9:45 -10:15 a.m.: Media availability/photo ops with key spokespeople across from the entrance of the Amphitheater
10 a.m. - Noon: Wreath laying throughout cemetery (map provided to media upon check-in)
11 a.m.: Wreath laying at President Kennedy's grave
11:30 a.m.: Wreath laying at USS Maine Mast (Maine Gov. Paul LePage and First Lady)
Noon: Wreath laying at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Registration required: Media interested in covering this event must register. Please register by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, by emailing email@example.com. Media interested in bringing satellite trucks into facility must coordinate with ANC staff by Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Parking: We highly encourage metro use and will provide a shuttle to credentialed media that have registered. Media are welcome to park on Memorial Drive beginning at 7 a.m. or park free of charge in the ANC parking garage beginning at 7:15 a.m. Please note: free parking ends at 1 p.m.
For more information about covering this event, please contact Amber Caron at (207) 513-6457 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Arlington National Cemetery Public Affairs at (703) 614-0024.
About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. The organization's mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.