Welcome to El Paso Wreaths
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.
El Paso Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol is proud to host the 2016 Wreaths Across America program at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery. It is our honor to be a part of this nationally recognized program, which honors and remembers our veterans from all services.
Our partners this year are El Paso Chapter Ninety Nines, El Paso Aviation Association, El Paso Exchange Club, All Saints Episcopal Church, El Paso Marine Memorial Association, Christ Community United Methodist Church, and Horizon City Sports Association.
This program is made possible by the generous support and rememberance by the families and friends of those interred in over 1000 locations worldwide.
Volunteers will be needed on Saturday, December 17, 2016 to unload the truck and place wreaths. Sign in will begin at 0700. Cemetery gates will be closed on Friday and will open Saturday morning at 0700.
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.
Check out our Events page to find out what events we will be organizing in the near future.
Please check under Events & Projects for the lastest volunteer information.