Thousands of Christmas wreaths are on their way to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
The Wreaths Across America convoy, consisting of 20 tractor-trailers filled with thousands of Christmas wreaths, left Harrington, Maine on Sunday as hundreds of residents cheered and local firefighters saluted.
The Worchester Wreath Company makes makes and decorates holiday wreaths and places them on over 25,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. Morrill Worcester, the president of the Harrington-based wreath company, started the annual event in 1992 to honor America's fallen heroes.
The Arlington Wreath project, coordinated with the Cemetery Administration and the Maine State Society, adorns the white tombstones with evergreen wreaths and red bows to recognize sacrifices veterans and their families have made for the country.
"It's all about the veterans. It's all about remembering their families," Karen Worcester, executive director of the Worcester Wreath Company, told the assembled crowd on Sunday.
The convoy carrying the donated wreaths is also making several stops along the 750-mile journey. The 19-year tradition is one of the nation's longest running annual veteran celebrations.
"For a lot of us that haven't been in the military, it's a way for us to pay back for our freedom," truck owner Barry Pottle said.
The wreaths will arrive in Virginia on December 11.
Due to interest in the wreath project from around the nation, the Worchester Wreath Company has expanded the annual event to include similar ceremonies that will take place in all 50 states and 34 overseas locations with 215,000 additional wreaths.