Wreaths Across America Honors Fallen Heroes
One family has found an amazing way to express their patriotism and holiday spirit.
Each December, Morrill Worcester, the founder of Wreaths Across America, places wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition to Worcester's family members, thousands of volunteers come out to help Worcester in this sign of respect to those who have died for our country.
"I think a lot of people think like I do. They appreciate the veterans and they want to show it."
It all started 1962, when on a visit to Washington DC, a young Worcester was struck by the beauty and dignity of Arlington, not to mention its rows and rows of graves.
"Every one represents a life and a family and a story. They're not just tombstones. Those are all people," he said.
30 years later, in 1992, Worcester was running his own wreath company in Harrington, Maine. He realized he had a bunch of wreaths left over, and he didn't want to throw them away.
He thought of Arlington and the impression it made on him. After the military approved, he drove down with a dozen volunteers and placed the surplus wreaths on headstones.
It continued that way until a few years ago when a picture of the wreaths at the cemetery became popular on the Internet. All of sudden, many more people wanted to be involved with Wreaths for America.
Worcester's big goal of decorating all 2.7 million graves will be a difficult one to reach, but it's one that he aims to accomplish some day.
"I'm going to keep doing it for as long as I work. And then I know my family's going to continue. So, it will be here for a long time."
Watch the clip above.