Wreaths Across America to stop in Middletown
|Date:||December 9, 2011|
Wreaths Across America
Honors Local Hero
Honors Local Hero
The holidays can be a difficult time for families of our nation’s fallen soldiers which is why members of the national nonprofit, Wreaths Across America (WAA), will make a special stop at Middletown High School on Friday, December 9, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. to honor the memory of Marine Lance Corporal Anthony P. Roberts of Bear, Delaware (2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif). 18-year old Anthony was killed by hostile fire in the Anbar Province in Iraq on April 6, 2004 – just months after his June 2003 graduation from Middletown High.
The group will lay a commemorative wreath at the base of a cherry tree bearing Anthony’s name as part of a worldwide gesture of gratitude to our veterans and their loved ones. (The tree, which was dedicated in Anthony’s honor on Veteran’s Day 2004, serves as a living memorial of his contributions to our school, our state, and our nation.)
A one-hour ceremony is planned. Dignitaries will include Anthony’s mother, Mrs. Emma Roberts, members of the Delaware Civil Air Patrol, local elected officials and the students and staff of Middletown High – especially members of the Air Force Junior ROTC Unit in which Anthony served while attending MHS.
This year, Wreaths Across America volunteers will place an estimated 400,000 wreaths with solemn reverence at the base of the tombstones of veterans in all 50 states. A convoy of volunteers will be stopping at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities to promote their mission, Remember-Honor and Teach as they make their way to Arlington National Cemetery where they will decorate scores of graves with wreaths. This “parade” of truckers, supporters, and well-wishers has become an annual event and teaching opportunity.
· About Lance Corporal Anthony Roberts (from the Military Times): http://militarytimes.com/valor/marine-lance-cpl-anthony-p-roberts/257116
· A schedule of the trip and the various stops along the way: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/events/escort-to-arlington/
· About Wreaths Across America (from the nonprofit’s website): http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/about-us/who-we-are/
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The United States Senate has unanimously passed a resolution, authored and introduced by Senators Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins, that designates Saturday, December 10th as “Wreaths Across America Day.”
On that day, a convoy of Mainers is scheduled to arrive at Arlington National Cemetery to lay Maine-made balsam wreaths at the grave sites of our nation’s fallen soldiers and veterans. The Patriot Guard Riders will continue their tradition of escorting tractor-trailers filled with donated wreaths from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery. This is the 20th consecutive year that Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, will make this generous donation. In addition to Arlington National Cemetery, wreaths will be placed in veterans cemeteries around the country and the world. Last year, wreaths were placed in more than 520 locations.
“Wreaths Across America, true to the vision that Morrill and Karen Worcester conceived 20 years ago. Because of the generosity of spirit and good will of hundreds of dedicated volunteers, this year an estimated 400,000 wreaths will be placed with solemn reverence at the base of the tombstones of veterans in all 50 states. Through this resolution, we humbly extend our appreciation to each of these patriots, whose actions truly speak to our better angels, and join them in paying homage to our nation’s heroes,” said Senators Snowe and Collins in a joint statement. “In this season of giving, the thoughts of all Americans turn to those who have given us the most precious gift of all, our freedom.”
Opening Ceremony starts at 8:30 A.M at the Memorial Amphitheater near the Tomb of the Unknowns. During our sectional wreath layings special wreath ceremonies will occur at President Kennedy’s grave (11:00 A.M); at the USS Battleship Maine Mast Memorial (11:30 A.M.), and at the Tomb of the Unknowns (12 Noon). Depending on the number of wreaths we receive, general wreath laying may last well into the afternoon.]