Oakhurst Dairy Wreaths Across America Truck Unveiling Portland Veterans’ Day Parade
PORTLAND, MAINE — November 11, 2011 — Good morning. I’m delighted to be here today to help recognize and honor the many brave men and women who have sacrificed in the name of peace and freedom.
Each year, on this day we pause to honor all veterans – those who are living and those who have lost their lives. All of us standing here today are the beneficiaries of your tremendous sacrifices. And, I simply want to say from everyone at Oakhurst Dairy thank you for your unwavering service and commitment to this country.
In addition to honoring our veterans, I’m also here to ask you to join us in supporting Wreaths Across America, an organization dedicated to helping remind us about the value of our freedom and the importance of honoring those who have sacrificed to protect and defend it. Each year, the organization holds remembrance ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and veterans’ cemeteries across the 50 states. The idea originated in 1992 when Morrill Worcester, co-owner of the Worcester Wreath Company based in Harrington, donated 5,000 evergreen wreaths to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery. The pilgrimage to Arlington National Cemetery to lay wreaths has been taking place for nearly 20 years and is now nationally recognized.
Recently, Oakhurst Dairy became a sponsor of Wreaths Across America for the very fist time and we will be providing a dedicated truck and driver to help deliver holiday wreaths for National Remembrance Day at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 10th.
This year will mark the largest wreath laying undertaking by Wreaths Across America. The plan is to lay a holiday wreath and hold a brief moment of silence at each veteran’s head stone – 220,000 in total.
The Oakhurst Dairy Wreaths Across America truck, unveiled in today’s parade and now parked across the street, will transport and deliver thousands of those holiday wreaths.
The journey to Arlington National Cemetery will begin on Sunday, December 4th and the convoy of trucks carrying the wreaths will stop along the way to visit schools, veteran’s homes, monuments and communities.
Join the journey with us. We’re encouraging our employees, customers, dairy farmers and retail partners to make donations or to simply sponsor an individual wreath to help Wreaths Across America reach its goal.
With me here today is Renee Worcester of Wreaths Across America. She can tell you more about how to get involved.