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Wreaths Across America Teaches About Those Who Served [VIDEO]

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“Those who do not remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana

The personal mission of Karen and Morrill Worcester, to remember the sacrifices made by our military veterans and their families, and to honor and document their service has now become a national movement of sorts.

The Wreaths Across America convoy leaves from Washington County for a week-long educational and spiritual journey that culminates at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

The first ritual got underway Saturday this year with a convoy, made up of the Civil Air Patrol, Patriot Guard Riders, and Wreaths Across America vehicles filled with Gold Star Mothers and Wives, that made its way from Machias to the West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec.

The long line of flashing yellow and red lights from the vehicle flashers in the convoy resembled a long strand of twinkling Christmas lights in the dark.

After a prayer and some inspirational cheers the convoy made its way to the Washington County Community College in Calais for a breakfast and ceremony, before going on to the bridge that serves as the border between Canada and the United States.

The HART ceremony, or Honoring Allies Remembering Together, is a way to remember the sacrifice of our allies, but to also honor those Canadian citizens who served in the U.S. Military but didn’t receive recognition.

Sunday, the Wreaths Across America convoy of tractor trailers filled with Christmas wreaths left Narraguagus High School in Harrington, stopped in Ellsworth, then Belfast where they picked up Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage.

The First Lady took some time to chat with us Friday as she was getting ready for her ride.

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The Wreaths Across America convoy leaves Cabela’s Monday morning.

We’ll receive updates from the journey from retired Air Force veteran and Captain with the Bangor Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, Rick Gammon.


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