Each year at this time, a convoy carrying wreaths to the lay at the graves of soldiers at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia takes place.

The journey down the East Coast begins in Harrington, on Dec. 7. That’s the day the Japanese attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, marking the start of United State’s involvement in World War II.

Along the way, the Wreaths Across America Convoy makes stops at schools, veterans’ homes, monuments and other locations.

The convoy will arrive in Arlington on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 13.

In Maine, the convoy will stop in Westbrook, Scarborough, Biddeford, Kennebunk, Wells and Kittery, on Monday, Dec. 8, where a remembrance ceremony will be held for veterans; all are welcome.

The convoy will arrive in Arlington on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 13, where it will be met by thousands of volunteers who will place a wreath for the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country, ensuring no one is forgotten.

On Monday, the convoy will stop in York County at 10:45 a.m. at Biddeford High School, 20 Maplewood Ave.; 12:30 p.m. at the Kennebunk Town Green on Route 1; 1 p.m. at Wells Junior High School, 1470 Post Road; and 2:30 p.m. at the Kittery Trading Post, 301 U.S. Route 1.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization that was founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992.

For more information about their mission, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.



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