2017-12-01 / Community News

Wreaths Across America plans stop at Scarborough High

The Wreaths Across America escort of handmade, balsam wreaths heading to Arlington National Cemetery from Maine has become known as the country’s longest veterans parade and this year, the weeklong journey kicks off Saturday, Dec. 9.

Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient, Col. Roger Donlon, U.S. Army Special Forces (retired) and his wife, Norma, a Vietnam-era Gold Star wife, will lead the caravan as it travels down the East Coast stopping at schools, memorials and other locations along the way to spread the mission to remember, honor and teach.

Among the stops scheduled for Monday, Dec. 11 are Scarborough High School and Kennebunk High School.

For the schedule and more information, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/escort.

“I had the pleasure of visiting Maine this past summer and walking on the land where the balsam is grown to make wreaths for fellow veterans, and was also able to tag individual trees for some of my friends who never made it home. The experience touched me deeply and I am proud to have the opportunity to share my story and the mission of Wreaths Across America with those who will listen,” said Roger Donlon, medal of honor recipient and escort co-grand marshal.

“As people who have dedicated our lives to the service of our military and their families, to have the opportunity to play a small role in this important mission is both an honor and privilege,” said Norma Donlon, escort co-grand marshal.

Chevrolet, who has sponsored the vehicles transporting Gold Star families and veterans participating in the escort for the past three years, will again provide 12 wrapped vehicles in addition to sponsoring 4,000 wreaths for Arlington.

“It is difficult to express what this organization means to our employees and customers, I have never experienced anything as moving as participating in the escort of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery,” said Dan Adamcheck, regional director, sales, service and marketing for Chevrolet. “We are honored to be a part of this great program and to help spread awareness for the mission to remember, honor and teach.”

Escort participants include American Gold Star Mothers, Blue Star Families, Gold Star Wives of America, veterans and the Wreaths Across America extended family.

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Patriot Riders of America and Rolling Thunder will flank the escort along with law enforcement from Maine to ensure safe transport for all participants throughout the week.

Eleven tractor-trailers representing the following companies: Walmart Transportation, Schneider National, Oakhurst Dairy, Witte Bros. Exchange, Inc., Hartt Transportation Systems, Inc., Delhaize Transportation LLC (DBA Hannaford Supermarkets), American Trucking Associations – Share the Road, Pottle’s Transportation, Cargo Transporters, Inc., Nestle Waters North America, Inc. (DBA Poland Spring Bottling Company.

North State Transportation driven by Gold Star father Scott Harris, will haul a portion of the 245,700 sponsored wreaths heading to Arlington National Cemetery for placement on Dec. 16.

National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event and open to all people.

Wreath sponsorships for all participating cemeteries, including Arlington National Cemetery are needed.

For more information, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

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