ELLSWORTH – They say that a soldier has two deaths. One is physical, while the other is being forgotten. In an effort to honor the memories of those who lost their lives, Wreaths Across America will be traveling to veteran cemeteries to honor those who died for our country.
The caravan will get underway this Sunday and will make a stop in Ellsworth where a special ceremony will be held at the Maine Coast Mall. The event will start at 9:15 a.m., where the public can come show their support as a wreath for each branch of the military will be presented.
“We need to recognize the people who have given their life up,” said Sheriff Scott Kane, from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, “I can let someone borrow $2 or even my car for the afternoon. But someone gave up their life so that I can be happy and live the lifestyle that I do. You can’t put a price tag on that or honor those people too much.”
The Worcester Wreath Company kicked it off 25 years ago by delivering thousands of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. It has grown since then, and now the program provides wreaths to 135 veteran cemeteries around the nation and to burial sites in other nations where U.S. Veterans are buried overseas. The volunteers will set out this weekend and we’re happy to tell you our own Kaitlyn Connolly will be traveling with them. She will be providing us with reports throughout next week, capped off by the laying of thousands of wreaths at Arlington .