The South Buxton Cemetery Association has announced plans for laying more than 200 wreaths on veterans’ graves on Saturday, Dec. 14, in conjunction with Wreaths Across America, a national program originating in Maine.

“This is our seventh presentation of the Wreaths Across America program,” Richard “Sandy” Atkinson, South Buxton Cemetery Association president, said. “Each year gets bigger and better.”

Regardless of the weather, the ceremony will begin at 11:45 a.m. at the cemetery, 1187 River Road, in Buxton. Atkinson said Chad Poitras, an association organizer of the local ceremony, will open the ceremony with remarks and Rep. Don Marean, R-Hollis, is the keynote speaker. Mel Tukey will plays “Taps,” Atkinson said.

The Bar Mills Community Church will provide hot chocolate from 11-11:45 a.m. Past and present military members will present the wreaths. Groups attending the ceremony will include Buxton and Hollis municipal employees, the Lions Club, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Masonic Lodge, the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society, Buxton fire and police departments, and military re-enactment groups.

On the national scene, a truck convoy from Maine will deliver thousands of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Ron Usher of Buxton, a former state senator from Westbrook, is leading a group of 46 people aboard a bus bound for Arlington National Cemetery to participate in laying wreaths on veterans graves. Usher’s group left Maine on Thursday, Dec. 12, and returns on Sunday, Dec. 15.

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