Friday, December 15, 2006

Wreaths Across America

(This posting stuck toward the top through December 15. Please scroll down for the latest postings)

[All emphases by Always On Watch]


From "' Rest easy, sleep well my brothers. Know the line has held, your job is done,'" which appeared in the December 3, 2006 edition of the Washington Post:
Every year for more than a decade, at the height of the season, Morrill Worcester would pack up a truckload of his Christmas wreaths and head down from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery. Without fanfare, he and a dozen or so volunteers would lay red-bowed wreaths on a few thousand headstones of fallen Americans.

There was no publicity. No crowds gathered. The gesture was one man's private duty, born of a trip to Washington he won as a 12-year-old paperboy. Of all the monuments and memorials he saw, it was the visit to Arlington that stuck with him -- the majesty and mystery, the sadness and the pride, the sight of all those neat rows of government-issue white headstones....

A week from today, Worcester will leave Columbia Falls, Maine, to lead the trailer full of wreaths down the coast. This time, it won't be just the trucker, Worcester and his wife, Karen. This time, there'll be an escort of a couple hundred Patriot Guard Riders, a national group of motorcyclists who take it upon themselves to display their respect for fallen service members.

This time, Worcester and friends won't barrel down the interstate; they're taking the slow road, Route 1, so that more motorcyclists -- perhaps thousands more -- might join the caravan.

This time, the wreath-laying won't be a private affair. Instead of the 10 or 12 volunteers who had been rounded up in past years by Wayne Hanson, a retired federal law enforcement officer who lives in Springfield, at least 500 people will be ready to help lay the wreaths Dec. 14 -- and maybe many more.

There will be a busload of school kids from Skowhegan, Maine, a Civil Air Patrol unit from up that way and all manner of Washington-area volunteers, too.

Worcester has always returned the checks that people send him. The wreath-laying is his personal statement: "This is the least we can do."

Everyone connected with the wreath project takes pains to note that it has nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with anyone's opinion about Iraq or terrorism....
This year, the project is expanding:
...The interest in Worcester's project has exploded to the point that he had to find some way to extend the tribute, so he has launched Wreaths Across America, a Web site that coordinates similar rituals at more than 200 military cemeteries around the country.
From the Wreaths Across America web site:
Spurred by the tremendous outpouring of letters and interest, and to celebrate the 15 years of giving, Worcester Wreath Company solicited Civil Air Patrol and its members to help expand the reaches of the Arlington Wreath Project with Wreaths Across America – the placing of memorial wreaths during a special ceremony at each of the over 230 State and National Cemeteries, and Veterans Monuments across the country.

Morrill Worcester - President of Worcester Wreath Company explains his desire to develop the Wreaths Across America project:
"Our goal is to expand the recognition of those who serve our country, both past, present, and future, as well as their families who deserve our support. Without the sacrifices of our veterans, there would be no opportunity to enjoy the freedoms, the life we live today."
Worcester Wreath invites you to attend the annual wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, or in your local area.

Thursday, December 14th, 2006 - More details coming soon!

The list of locations is growing each day and our goal with Civil Air Patrol is to involve every State and National cemetery, Veterans Monument and Memorial across the country.

Note: If you are not able to attend, please participate by taking a moment of silence at the noon hour on December 14th, to reflect on the sacrifices made and freely given, by those who will not be home for the holidays.
I have two family members buried at Arlington National Cemetery. No matter what I'm busy doing, I will pause at noon on December 14th to remember my two uncles: one served on the front lines during World War I and came home permanently disabled, and the other served at Omaha Beach on D-Day and came home safely. How grateful I am to have the reassurance that each of their markers will have a wreath placed!

Please take 7-8 minutes of your time to watch the following video:

58 Comments:

At 12/03/2006 9:06 AM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

I feel compelled to participate. What a fantastic idea.

Speaking of which, I need to go and pay a visit to Arlington, and soon.

 
At 12/03/2006 9:36 AM, Blogger Romeocat said...

AOW - I'm going to put this in this week's Virginia Blog Carnival... It's beautiful and moving, and definitely worthwhile. Thanks!

-- Kat
www.CatHouseChat.com

 
At 12/03/2006 12:27 PM, Blogger nanc said...

crybabynanc.

never forget.

 
At 12/03/2006 12:45 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Never forgot, always remember!

tmw

 
At 12/03/2006 2:54 PM, Blogger Raven said...

I've been to the mentioned cemetaries up in Maine in the winter. Beautiful and thoughtful.

Good to see this go nationwide.
I always place a wreath on my Dad's and Granpa's and uncles graves at Christmas. Always. (And my Mom, grammah and aunts...)

 
At 12/03/2006 3:23 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

It doesn't take much to make a big difference. A thought, determination and perseverance.
Now look at what a difference one man can make.
Imagine if this country tried working together. There are no goals we couldn't achieve.

 
At 12/03/2006 4:28 PM, Blogger nanc said...

o.t. but one of our veterans is having a birthday today:

ELBRO!

 
At 12/03/2006 4:57 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Nanc,
Thanks for reminding me. I stopped by EB's site to wish him a good one. But I can't top that poem his daughter wrote.

 
At 12/03/2006 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi AOW, My mother said she went to my old blog and there’s a bunch of crazy stuff there now, so delete that address from your blog roll, okay? Thanks a bunch! Use the new one living-creatures.blogspot.com... I'm making the rounds.

 
At 12/03/2006 5:18 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Eyes,
I saw what happened to your old site. Ugh!

The link on my sidebar is updated. We want to keep track of you. :)

 
At 12/03/2006 5:19 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Steve,
I'm trying to clear my calendar for December 14. I just might take a drive over to Arlington that day.

 
At 12/03/2006 5:20 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Kat,
Thanks! Somehow, I forget about those carnivals when I get under time-pressure.

 
At 12/03/2006 6:38 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Thank you for the video reminder, AOW.

 
At 12/03/2006 11:59 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

yes thanks AOW, this is a great way to remember the sacrifices of so many.

 
At 12/04/2006 12:35 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

Beautiful post, AOW. It shows exactly how an idea started by one person can grow. All of us can make a difference. I'll be checking my local paper for the posting of this service.

 
At 12/04/2006 9:00 AM, Blogger Storm said...

What is this.....people uniting together to complete a task. Where is the expensive government program. Surely the government should handle this awesome responsibility. Thank goodness it doesn't otherwise we would be spending $1,000 per plant.

You who were is Ducky.....Ducky....(the sound of crickets).......

The truth is to folks like Ducky these guys/gals are suckers or at best victims.

 
At 12/04/2006 12:39 PM, Blogger lilfeathers2000 said...

The visable price of freedom lays there and all national cemetaries.
God Bless our Soldiers.

 
At 12/04/2006 5:15 PM, Blogger VerityINK said...

Hi AoW! Gosh, that's a beautiful picture! And I love that poem--thanks for putting it up. Sometimes, when I go to DU, they make me so depressed because they're so snarky and negative. Not a word about thanks, or Christmas in 'em! They NEVER honor the troops with a thanks for serving. Not even on Vet's Day, Memorial Day--and none on Christmas. They are very, very empty.

 
At 12/04/2006 5:29 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Donal, that's why they're so hateful, they are empty! And since nature abhores a vacuum, they are filled with Darkness, and since Darkness is filled with bitterness, envy, hatred, lies, paranoia, and flat out evil! So they can't exhibit anything else!

tmw

 
At 12/04/2006 8:57 PM, Blogger FLORIAN said...

And to think that there are vile people out there who would love to put something else on these brave souls' graves.
I wonder how much longer we'll last as a Republic before a liberal dictatorship takes over?
How can Patriotism be evil?

 
At 12/05/2006 12:23 AM, Blogger OSONSFORLIBERTY said...

TRULY A BEAUTIFUL THING TO DO, FOR THESE FINE , FINE, AMERICANS!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS A.O.W. FOR THE VIDEO AND INFO. GOD BLESS YOU.

 
At 12/05/2006 2:55 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

brilliant and inspiring AOW!!!

 
At 12/05/2006 3:57 PM, Blogger VerityINK said...

Morning, AoW! How's the Mr. feeling?

 
At 12/05/2006 3:57 PM, Blogger VerityINK said...

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At 12/05/2006 4:00 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Donal,
Morning, AoW! How's the Mr. feeling?

Weak and funky and grouchy. But he's showing signs of hunger, so that's a good sign.

 
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At 12/05/2006 11:18 PM, Anonymous Tad said...

Dear Ms. Watch,

Yes, I am a bit formal and conservative...and a semi-funny guy.

OK, Serious Department: This is a noble and decent thing the folks are doing in honoring our servicemen and women. I could go on, at length, and usually do, but will spare all this time.

Thank you for putting up on your web.

BTW, thank you for a great web and some terrific commentary.

 
At 12/06/2006 2:25 PM, Blogger VerityINK said...

I'm so sorry your sick too! I'll be praying both you and the mister get well. Stomach flu is the worst! Here's some ginger ale, TMW is bringing the ginger capsules!

 
At 12/08/2006 7:02 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

This story of placing the wreaths is getting some much deserved attention from our local-news stations.

One man making a beautiful difference!

God bless our veterans, past and present.

 
At 12/10/2006 9:05 AM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

Beautiful.

 
At 12/11/2006 2:28 PM, Blogger Urban_Infidel said...

Great site!

If you have a moment, please visit my blog and check out my coverage of the brave patriotic protestors in:
Crash of the Lynne Stewart 'Gloat Party'

We crashed Lynne Stewart's 'GLOAT PARTY' last night at the Judson Memorial Church downtown across from Washington Square Park. It was a rousing affair to say the least and it came as a complete surprise to the Lynne Stewart folks who were throwing her a celebration called 'Ode to Joy and Struggle' thanking everyone for their support over the 4 years during her trial and also to 'unite for the struggle ahead'. 'Struggle' they say? As in 'Mein Kampf' maybe? As in 'jihad' too perhaps..?

http://urbaninfidel.blogspot.com/

 
At 12/11/2006 6:47 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Urban Infidel,
Excellent report you've got there--the very antithesis of Wreaths Across America.

Hard to believe these anarchists are parading around in the United States. But they are!

 
At 12/11/2006 7:01 PM, Blogger Urban_Infidel said...

always on watch:
Thanks for your comments!

I really appreciate it and I know the protestors who stood out there and faced down those bastards deserve a big tip of the hat. I learned my first lesson today in blog promoting. Its a fine line between alerting people to breaking news/events and shameless self-promotion. Definitely did not intend the latter.

New York is filled with people like this unfortunately. I live in moonbat central.

So very glad you got to enjoy it.

 
At 12/11/2006 8:21 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

Damn right.

 
At 12/12/2006 4:42 PM, Blogger Urban_Infidel said...

I wanted to tell you what a beautiful story that you posted here. My father served in the US Army and 3 of my uncles fought in Viet Nam.

God bless our troops.
We will never forget.

 
At 12/12/2006 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was beautiful! Thank you. What an awesome tribute!

 
At 12/13/2006 8:26 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Semper Fi Mom,
The tribute is as nothing ocmpared to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Thanks for stopping by.

 
At 12/13/2006 8:27 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Urban Infidel,
We must never forget what those in uniform do for each and every one of us.

 
At 12/14/2006 6:17 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

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At 12/14/2006 6:29 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

Hey AmeriKKKaner Pederast,

Nothing goes better with one of your silly wreaths than a nice HEAD COFFIN!

What do you say we go into business together. 3000 customers await our marketing blitz!

 
At 12/14/2006 6:29 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

Hey AmeriKKKaner Pederast,

Nothing goes better with one of your silly wreaths than a nice HEAD COFFIN!

What do you say we go into business together. 3000 customers await our marketing blitz!

 
At 12/14/2006 6:31 PM, Blogger MULLAH BEAK the DHS PEDOPHILE said...

Why don't you just tsthut sup, JOHN BRWNW. Everyone hates you including the ommies at UNIon Square who think your head cofdin ravings and muslim goblins.

Looooser

 
At 12/14/2006 6:31 PM, Blogger MULLAH BEAK the DHS PEDOPHILE said...

Why don't you just tsthut sup, JOHN BRWNW. Everyone hates you including the ommies at UNIon Square who think your head cofdin ravings and muslim goblins.

Looooser

 
At 12/14/2006 6:31 PM, Blogger MULLAH BEAK the DHS PEDOPHILE said...

Why don't you just tsthut sup, JOHN BRWNW. Everyone hates you including the ommies at UNIon Square who think your head cofdin ravings and muslim goblins.

Looooser

 
At 12/14/2006 6:31 PM, Blogger MULLAH BEAK the DHS PEDOPHILE said...

Why don't you just tsthut sup, JOHN BRWNW. Everyone hates you including the ommies at UNIon Square who think your head cofdin ravings and muslim goblins.

Looooser

 
At 12/14/2006 6:31 PM, Blogger MULLAH BEAK the DHS PEDOPHILE said...

Why don't you just tsthut sup, JOHN BRWNW. Everyone hates you including the ommies at UNIon Square who think your head cofdin ravings and muslim goblins.

Looooser

 
At 12/14/2006 11:33 PM, Blogger kuhnkat said...

Ahhhh yes, MR Stain never stops in his efforts to convince us that he really is brain damaged!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

 
At 12/15/2006 11:57 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

I'm convinced....

 
At 12/15/2006 1:17 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

It has to be brain damage for someone to spam a blog site for 17 times in 3 minutes.

I guess that some people just don't have enough to do!

 
At 12/15/2006 1:50 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

The broad mass of the nation … will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.” — Adolf Hitler

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” - Joseph Goebbels

“The key-word here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts.”

“To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed…”

"And if all others accepted the lie which the party imposed-if all records told the same tale-then the lie passed into history and became the truth."

 
At 12/15/2006 2:16 PM, Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

Farmer,
"...if all records told the same tale-then the lie passed into history and became the truth."

Not really the truth, but rather the semblance of truth.

 
At 12/15/2006 3:24 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

...I suspect that until we return to Him, that's about the only truth we'll ever really know... a "semblence" of Truth.

Only some semblences are nearer than others to the genuine article. Don't ever let anyone tell you that they're not. Some reflections and shadows are definitely sharper and clearer and more Perfect than others. Of course, you can't see 'em w/your eyes.

 
At 12/15/2006 6:11 PM, Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

Farmer,
Some reflections and shadows are definitely sharper and clearer and more Perfect than others. Of course, you can't see 'em w/your eyes.

Seen with the heart--or the eye of the soul.

 
At 1/06/2007 2:40 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

doubleplusgood discussion here. :)

 
At 1/07/2007 8:02 AM, Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

Mr. Beamish,
Sorry about the delay in posting your comment. Yesterday was a top-down day in the convertible. Then, nearly as soon as we got home (and in the midst of watching My Cousin Vinny), we had a power outage, which left us sitting around by candlelight for hours.

 
At 9/18/2009 1:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ours is an envionment where evil is perceived to be rewarded while good is punished. As with everything the Gods have a reason for creating this perception::::
People who fall on the good side of the good/evil scale have more favor, and when they do something wrong the Gods punish them BECAUSE THEY WANT THEM TO LEARN. The Gods want them to receive this feedback in hope they make corrections and begin to behave appropriately. The Gods DON'T like evil and refuse to grant this feedback.
EVERYBODY pays for what they do wrong, only evil people must wait until their next life before they will experience the wrath of the Gods, manifested in their reincarnation as a lower form of life into environments with increased/enhanced temptations.
Sadly, this allows the Gods to position this perception of evil rewarded as temptation, one which they use as an EXTREMELY effective corruptor.

Both Africa and the Medittereanean are regions which have sexual issues. This is a sign of morbid disfavor once you understand that females are the God's favored gender. Muhammad's (Mohammed's) polygamy halfway through his life as a prophet was preditory. Now a huge percentage of Muslims believes in male superiority and that the abuse of women is God's will. Female genital mutilation is still practiced in Africa. Black misogyny is the most eggregious example in the recent past.
Black member size is temptation to a predisposed population.
The patriarchal cancer spread throughout Europe because of Christianity, of which the majority of policy makers were Italian men. Expect the largest landowner in Europe and the continent's original superpower also played a major role in African slavery.

Militancy in Africa is consistant with the Iraqi example, as was slavery and the KKK here in America:::Fear enforces proper behavior. Without it we see what happens as a result of gross/morbid disfavor:::::AIDS, crack babies, dead young men in gangland retaliation killings. This is the purpose behind many black's historical tendancy towards resistance.
The same principle was true in Europe and throughout the world for centuries:::People whom lived under iron fists were conditioned to think the right way. As a result they experienced higher numbers of children accend into heaven because they were taught to think and behave appropriately, which they passed on to their children. Our preditory envionment of "freedom" was the primary purpose the Gods had when implimenting this strategy that is the United States, one which they used to spred the cancer of democracy and westernization throughout the world. And the Gods use this tool that is America to prey on the disfavored both at home and abroad:::Much like the ghetto, America in general experiences a heightened level of temptation due to the people's disfavor.

Even the Old Testiment is not to be taken literally, but the Gods do offer clues throughout to help the disfavored:::The apple is a tool of temptation used to corrupt Adam and Eve and cast them out of the Garden of Eden.
There is another lesson to be learned from this passage, and it is quite similar to the vailing issue and the discourse over women's attire which ultimately died in the 70s:::Women are responsible for and control the fate of mankind.

Think about what I say. Consider what I teach. Society is going to become disturbingly ugly as we approach the Apocalypse due to spiralling, runaway disfavor.
I do not know when this will occurr, but it is the God's way to grant some time before they end on Planet Earth.
Make the decision to always be good and never look back. Until you do this technology will employ tactics to test your resolve:::Ridicule, beligerance, doubt and refusal to abandon what people perceive to be their "investment".
Pray daily. Think appropriately. Too many are confident, unaware of the God's awesome powers or their status as antients. Others may fall prey to their positioning.
Be humbled, God-fearing and beware of the God's temptations, for everyone is

 
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