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Maine Gov., first lady, lay wreaths at Arlington.

BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — Volunteers will be placing about 1,500 wreaths on graves at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen this weekend.HOLLY, Mich. (AP) — When Dave and Christina Watts took over a wreath laying project at Great Lakes National Cemetery nearly a decade ago, the figures were sparse. “We had like 30 wreaths that first year and 15 to 20 people showed up,” said Dave Watts, who runs the volunteer program with his wife Christina and their friend Chris Freytag. “The day we did it was like 9 degrees and a blowing snowstorm moved in.” The Wreaths Across America program at the Holly cemetery for service members and their families expanded to more than 12,000 wreaths laid on veterans’ graves in 2014.

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–“What about my son?” It was a simple, yet powerful question asked by a grieving father when the supply of donated veteran’s remembrance wreaths fell one short of his son’s headstone at Arlington National Cemetery. Metro says it is working to accommodate the thousands of expected attendees with enhanced service, additional personnel and some station operation changes. –All Blue Line trains will be eight cars long, the longest possible length.

Please spread out along the platform and make use of all available cars. (TIP: Eight car trains usually have space available in the last two cars.) –Consider using Pentagon Station and taking Metro’s free bus shuttles. The tribute began quietly in Harrington, Maine, more than two decades ago, when Worcester Wreath Company founders Morrill and Karen Worcester decided to bring surplus wreaths to the Virginia cemetery.

Buses will depart every 5 minutes. –During peak crowding times, Arlington Cemetery escalators may be configured as “exit only” before the event and “entry only” after the event. A convoy of 12 trucks carrying nearly 250,000 wreaths left Maine Dec. 6 enroute to Arlington, where they were joined by hundreds of thousands of wreaths transported from throughout the United States. Members of the Veterans Club at New Hampshire Technical Institute also will be on hand with hot cocoa, and the Soldiers Helpers organization will provide lunch. Donations and sponsorships taken in by the program throughout the year are used toward the wreaths, created and shipped out by the Worcester Wreath Co. out of Harrington, Maine.

Several other organizations have stepped forward in subsequent years to provide the Arlington Wreath Project with green wreaths held together in part by red, hand-tied bows. This Maine-led commemorative convoy, now known as the world’s largest veterans parade, makes Ann and me proud to call Maine home.” A wreath was also laid at the mast of the U.S.S. The convoy began in Maine and was tasked with transporting the wreaths for Arlington after participating in a journey down the East Coast to spread Wreaths Across America’s mission to Remember, Honor, Teach. The group stopped at schools, memorials and other locations in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, before arriving at Arlington this morning.

Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the presentation of the colors by the Army Joint Color Guard, welcoming remarks by WAA chairman Wayne Hanson, and a live performance of the song “Arlington” by country music star Trace Adkins. Kelly and Navy veteran and historian Carmine Pecorelli; First Lady of Maine Ann LePage; countless Gold and Blue Star families including Lorna and Scott Harris-Patten who lost their son, Spec.

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