The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Friday. Guest speaker will be Mayor-elect Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi. The public is invited to attend.
Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed in remembrance of those who served, in honor of their sacrifices, and to remember them during the Christmas season.
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992.
Specifically designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed under the oaks in the ceremony. More than 400 participating locations all across the country will hold similar events.
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of Maine Wreaths being donated and placed on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
In addition to these ceremonial wreaths, a number of civic groups around the country have joined with Wreaths Across America to promote sponsored wreaths to be placed on veterans’ graves or memorials.
In 2012, it is projected more than 160,000 volunteers will take part in the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.
For more information, visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.
To sponsor a wreath that will be placed at the memorial, in the memory of a loved one that has served or to honor someone currently serving, contact Lisa Nezat Patterson at Maison Jardin, 385-3003. It is 15 to sponsor a wreath.