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Wreath's Across New Jersey

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Wreath’s Across America is an organization that raises money in order to place wreaths on the gravesites of our fallen service members.

Morrill Worcester, founder of Wreaths Across America, discussed how this tradition originally got started. “This is my 22nd year, my 22nd trip to Arlington National Cemetery where it all started. About 22 years ago, I had too many wreaths, actually, so it started by mistake” he said.

Since then, it has become an annual tradition. This year, on Saturday, December 14th the organization is going to lie over 500,000 wreaths in the legendary D.C. cemetery.

One of this year’s sponsors, New Jersey’s Mike’s Sub’s, raised more than $300,000 to help the organization with their task to honor our servicemen and women.

Wreath’s Across America set up ceremonies throughout the Garden State to help honor those who were lost. The first stop on this tour was Thorne Middle School in Port Monmouth to honor veterans in the Battle of the Bulge, World War II. The wreath convoy then went to Liberty State Park where a ceremony was held at the Statue of Liberty.

Barb Benard, founder of American Gold Star Mothers, which is a group of women who organize ceremony’s that lost their sons in battle, spoke about the importance of events like this. “I lost my son Sargent first class Brent Adams on December 1st, 2005 in Ramadi, Iraq,” she said.

The organization’s motto is: remember, honor and teach. To get involved, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org to learn more or donate to the cause.

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