Everlasting Gratitude: What a wonderful, patriotic gesture and recognition for our fallen veterans! Project Everlasting Gratitude, conceived a few weeks ago by the mother-and-daughter team of Ann Jordon and Libby Sawyer, of Studio Flora in North Windham, brought together several diverse groups from the Windham community to place wreaths on every grave of every veteran in the many cemeteries around the town.

Fashioned after the Wreaths Across America program for national cemeteries, Ann and Libby envisioned each veteran’s grave in Windham be represented by an evergreen wreath with a patriotic bow attached.

The project quickly became a community effort with Windham Historical Society members taking on the responsibility for advertisement and fund raising and assisting in the production the some 750 bows that would be needed to adorn the wreaths. Local veterans and scout groups joined in to help coordinate logistics and develop a master plan to ensure each veteran grave received a wreath. In just three short weeks, what started as a dream became a reality. On Saturday morning, Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, hundreds of volunteers from American Legion Field-Allen Post 148, VFW Post 10643, Boy Scout troops 805 and 51, Girls Scout troops 193, 12, 704 and their leaders as well as local citizens descended on the 26 cemeteries in Windham to place wreaths on each veteran’s grave. It was truly a sight to behold.

As Commander of Field-Allen Post 148, it was very gratifying to see the community come together. I would like to thank Ann and Libby and the many hands at Studio Flora for making this gesture of support for our veterans possible. I would also like to thank all the many volunteers from the veterans groups, Historical Society and the Scout organizations. Without your helping hands, this event would not have been possible. The collective response to this program has demonstrated that the town of Windham cares for its veterans. Thank you.

Melvin Greenier, commander,

American Legion Field-Allen Post 148


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