ELLSWORTH — The Wreaths Across America annual escort to Arlington National Cemetery sets off this weekend and will make a stop in Ellsworth Sunday morning.
The convoy kick-off event is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the Maine Coast Mall.
All are invited to meet the convoy, honor and remember area veterans, observe a wreath presentation to a Gold Star mother and participate in family activities.
Complimentary transportation for local veterans will be available.
For more information, contact Tiffany at Darling’s Chevrolet at 669-6562 or [email protected].
Mona Gunn, national president of American Gold Star Mothers Inc., will lead the convoy as this year’s grand marshal.
“I have had the honor of traveling in the escort to Arlington several times now and look forward to the opportunity each year to join my fellow Americans in saying not only my son Cherone’s name out loud, but that of so many of our heroes,” said Gunn.
The escort will travel down the East Coast, making stops at schools, memorials and other locations before arriving at Arlington on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 14. View the complete schedule at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/arlington-escort-information.
Eleven tractor-trailers will haul a portion of the sponsored 253,000 veterans’ wreaths.
Escort participants include Gold Star families, Blue Star families, veterans, volunteers and supporters from across the country. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Patriot Riders of America and Rolling Thunder will flank the escort along with law enforcement from departments in Maine.