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This year, 245,000 wreaths were placed on grave sites at Arlington alone, and a total of 1.2 million were expected to be placed on markers in 1,238 locations across the country, as well as overseas.

Inspiration for the event began when Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company, was 12 years old and won a trip to Washington, D.C. At that time, he was working as a paperboy for the Bangor Daily News. It marked the second year of Ashley's sponsorship of the ceremony. The Troop 603 Boy Scouts also placed a holiday season wreath at the grave of Malden's Civil War Medal of Honor recipient George Harrison.

VFW Post 9389 Commander Roger Felix, who laid a wreath honoring members of the Coast Guard, said he's been participating in Wreaths Across America for at least 10 years, and that he was happy to learn that all headstones this year were adorned with wreaths.

The ability to worship as we choose, to travel freely and vote without explanation are all examples of what veterans have fought and died for throughout the course of history. He said it is due to the sacrifices of the men and women who are lying in Mound View Cemetery - and other cemeteries across the nation and overseas - who gave their lives so we can live in freedom and without fear.

The wreaths were hauled into Washington, D.C. from ME by the Worcester Wreath Co., which founded the event 20 years ago and now provides wreaths to veterans' cemeteries across the country.

"They are more than just a statistic", she said. "We need to make sure our future generations always remember that freedom isn't free". "We just chose to adopt it this year".

Thousands of people across the United States participate in the memorial, said 1st Lt. Darrell R. Smith, Commander of the Gregg County Squadron. As one of the largest corporate supporters of WAA, Walmart donated $215,000 to help purchase more than 23,000 wreaths for placement at national cemeteries and memorial sites around the US, including Great Lakes National Cemetery. After delivering the wreaths on Friday, the truck drivers stayed an extra day to come back and help place the wreaths on Saturday.

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