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Wreaths Across America Hits The Road 

A Maine wreath company is once again teaming up with other Maine buisnesses to help honor soldiers and veterans. For Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, the idea for Wreaths Across America came to him in 1992. “Back in 1992 I had too many wreaths really and it was near the end of the season and they were nice and fresh and I just didn’t want them to go to waste and I was trying to think of where I could put them.”He decided to use the wreaths to honor our soldiers and veterans. His idea has become so successfull, Sunday he watched with pride with as more than 30 trucks and 150,000 wreaths were loaded, bound for all corners of the United States.Barry Pottle is the owner of Pottle’s Trucking and this is the 2nd year he has volunteered to help out Wreaths Across America. “We got wreaths going all the way to California, Alaska, and Hawaii. It’s just a great effort on everyones part.”The nationwide effort to honor our veterans all begins in Harrington, Maine where the folks here say they’re not about to let the sloppy start to Sunday slow them down. “Not at all, says Pottle, “we’re truckers and this doesn’t slow us down at all. May slow us down a little bit but we still get the job done.”With the trucks loaded and ready to go the convoy heads out. Final destination is Arlington National Cemetery, but they do have a few stops in between. “We’re going to be going to Arlington National Cemetary from Harrington, Maine, through Bangor, Hermon. We’ve got about 40 stops between here and Arlington.”After a quick stop in Bangor it was on to Hermon to honor the family of a soldier. A wreath was presented to Karla Holland and her family. Karla’s husband is serving in Afghanistan. “It makes me feel so wonderful. It makes me warm inside, not only that a company would do this, but a company from Maine. I mean that right there says how this state feels about our soldiers and our veterans and everything. It makes me happy knowing that if for some reason my husband was in Arlington Cemetery I would know there was a wreath on his head stone from Maine.”For all of the people who volunteer their time for Wreaths Across America, folks like Karla Holland make it all worth it. “It’s really remarkable because everyone does have a story. There’s some joy in it but there’s also a lot of sadness. That’s what keeps everybody coming back.””Well you know we have the freedom to do what we do because people have stepped up for us and you know we just want to give back and I think we’re trying to set an example for a lot of people.”The convoy is set to arrive in Arlington National Cemetery Saturday the 12th.