SHILOH, Tenn. – Shiloh National Cemetery will participate in the national Wreaths Across America Day 11 a.m. Dec. 15 in the National Cemetery.
The event will begin with a short patriotic ceremony. Following the ceremony, everyone in attendance will be invited to come forward and assist with laying the wreaths on the graves. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Visitor Center auditorium.
Wreaths Across America, a non-profit 501-(c)(3) organization, was founded by Mr. Morrill Worcester of Harrington, Maine. When Worchester was 12 years old he visited Arlington National Cemetery, an experience he would never forget. Decades later, in 1992, his sent his company's surplus of 5,000 wreaths to be placed at Arlington, and he continued sending wreaths every year. In 2005, a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet. Suddenly, the project received national attention and thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to help. Today the event has expanded to the placement of more than 1.2 million wreaths in over 1,400 locations across the nation.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/shil or call the Shiloh Visitors Center at 731-689-5696.
Photo credit: National Park Service
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