Welcome to El Paso Wreaths
El Paso Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol is proud to host the 2013 Wreaths Across America program at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery. Partnering with us this year is the West Point Society, El Paso Aviation Association, El Paso Chapter Ninety-Nines, and joining us this year is Group I Headquarters - CAP and Las Cruces Composite Squadron - CAP. It is our honor to be a part of this nationally recognized program, which honors and remembers our veterans from all services.
This program is made possible by the generous support and rememberance by the families and friends of those interred in over 500 locations worldwide.
2013 Wreaths Across America Wreath Laying Ceremony at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery
- Gates Open 0700
- Volunteer Check In 0700-0720
- Truck arrives 0730
- Unloading of truck upon arrival and begin placing wreaths
- Ceremony 1000
- Resume wreath placing 1130
- Additional volunteers needed at 1100-1115
Beginnings in Arlington
Worcester Wreath and its involvement with the Arlington project was inspired at the early age of 12 years old when, as a Bangor Daily News paper boy, Morrill Worcester won a trip to the Nation’s Capital. It was a trip he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an indelible impression. In later life, he recognized that his success as a businessman was in large part, due to the values of this Nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
In 1992, the Wreath Company found themselves with an excess of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Seeing an opportunity to make a boyhood dream a reality, efforts to do something special with those wreaths began in earnest. With the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery, a section which received fewer visitors with each passing year.
Wreaths Across America
It was relatively obscure until 2005 when a photo of the stones adorned with wreaths and covered in snow circulated around the internet. The project received National attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries spurred the creation of “Wreaths Across America™”. Unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, Mr. Worcester conceived the idea of sending 7 wreaths (one for each branch of the military as well as POW/MIA). In 2006 with the help of the CAP and other civic organizations, over 150 locations held wreath laying ceremonies simultaneously. Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)3 organization. (Federal ID # 20-8362270) Each year, the Worcester Wreath Company (Harrington, ME) provides 10,000 wreaths for placement in Arlington National Cemetery, and ships an ever increasing number of wreaths to over 800 locations worldwide.
Its committment to Remember-Honor-Teach the importance and contributions made by our veterans remains a top priority.
Civil Air Patrol is a non-profit organization (Federal ID # 75-6037853). If you would like to support us, please check out the Support Us page for more information.
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Volunteer Registration: 7:00 - 7:20 A.M.
Unloading Truck: Welcome and unloading of truck 7:30 A.M.
Placing wreaths: will begin after truck unloading until ceremony at 10:00 and resume at 11:30.