Neither rain nor snow nor sleet prevented local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and veterans from the Legion and VFW from decorating the graves of over 800 veterans interred in the Windham cemeteries with an evergreen wreath.

It wasn’t the best of days weather wise, but, you would never have known it from the enthusiasm displayed by the young Scouts and older vets. Heartfelt thanks are extended to Libby Sawyer of Studio Flora for coordinating the event, Everlasting Gratitude, again this year and providing the wreathes. Libby was supported by family members at Sebago Gardens and The Little Log Cabin Montessori School. A special thank-you also goes out to the staff and Scouts from Boy Scout troops 805 and 51 as well as Girl Scout Troop 193 from Windham. Additionally, this year the program was supported by the Cadette Girls Scout Troop 1741 of Raymond. Well done to all these Scouts. They were little dynamos in the nasty weather.

The Windham-based program, Everlasting Gratitude, mirrors the much larger Wreaths Across America program and appears to be the only such program at the town level in Maine. As a veteran, it is a wonderful sight to see every veteran’s grave from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, to World War I and II, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts down to the most recent conflicts honored with a Wreath and red, white and blue bows. What a great community effort! Thank you.

We thank those who have already made a donation and Studio Flora is still accepting donations from local organizations and individuals who wish to help support this wonderful patriotic program. Mail to Studio Flora, 889 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, ME 04062, attn. Libby Sawyer.

Mel Greenier, commander

Field-Allen Post 148


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