Thursday, December 14, 2006

"Over their hallowed graves may the winds of heaven whisper hourly benedictions."

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For those who have not received the above picture in their email in one form or another, I wanted to post it here as I think it's a wonderful thing for someone to do at this time of year to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

This picture was taken in 2005 however the tradition of laying the wreaths began in 1992 and was carried out again today at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia just outside of Washington D.C. by both military and civilian volunteers.

The idea of laying the wreaths on the graves at Arlington began when Morrill Worcester, owner of the Worcester Wreath Company in Maine, had a surplus of 5,000 unsold balsam wreaths that he decided to place on the graves of the fallen heroes at Arlington, a place that he had visited as a child and had never forgotten. Arlington National Cemetery has over 260,000 graves and obviously there weren't enough wreaths for all of them so Worcester and his volunteers decided to place them on graves located in the oldest part of the cemetery - the section that gets the fewest visitors and would have less likelihood of anyone placing a remembrance on the graves.

Since then, Mr. Worcester has not relied on a surplus of wreaths but makes them especially for the occasion and he and volunteers place the wreaths on the graves each year on the second Thursday of December at 12 noon.
“We couldn’t do anything in this country if it wasn’t for the people who gave their lives to protect us,” Mr. Worcester said. “It’s a great honor to be able to come here and pay our respects.”
These are the things that make Christmas special ...

2 comments:

  1. Wow Linda, that picture is chilling. Makes me realize that I have a lot more to be thankful for this holiday season than I am letting myself realize..

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  2. Nice blog, Linda. You have undoubtably made quite a few folks feel pretty good today, by sharing some decent news. Things like this is what puts people into the proverbial "Christmas Spirit". Good job, my friend!

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