Orange County hosted a Wreaths Across America ceremony on Sat., Dec. 15 at the County’s Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Goshen, NY. Approximately 3,000 wreaths were laid during the ceremony by more than 200 volunteers at the 19-acre Veterans Memorial Cemetery, which has 12,500 plots. About 3,400 men and women are buried there, including 2,700 veterans.
Wreaths Across America is a national event which pays tribute to the military’s fallen heroes during the holidays. More than 1,200 cemeteries across the nation participated in the event on Saturday, with volunteers laying approximately 700,000 wreaths nationwide.
The tradition of laying wreaths to honor veterans began in 1992 when Morrill Worcester, the owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, ME, had extra wreaths at the close of the Holiday season. Worcester remembered a boyhood trip to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. and decided to donate 5,000 wreaths to be placed on the headstones of an older section of the cemetery.