ELLSWORTH — The city of Ellsworth will be hosting a very special Wreaths Across America ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 6, and need local businesses to show their support.
Wreaths Across America started in 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington had a surplus of wreaths. Owner Morrill Worcester enlisted the help of U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe to donate and place them at Arlington National Cemetery.
It’s an annual tradition to honor veterans that has grown every year since then. In 2014, Wreaths Across America and the national network of volunteers laid over 700,000 wreaths at 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond. This year, the convoy that begins in Harrington will be making a stop at the Maine Coast Mall in Ellsworth for a 45-minute ceremony that begins at 9:45 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
Organizers hope local businesses will show their support by posting messages on their signs along the route from Harrington to High Street and down Main Street in Ellsworth. They are also looking for children and veterans to participate in the ceremony.
Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane says, “There will be a wreath for each branch of the military. We’d like to have as many veterans there as possible so we can honor them and we want children involved because teaching is part of their mission. The children are the next generation.”
Anyone interested in being part of the event should contact Kane or Michelle Cote at 667-7575.