Here’s a poignant image of what Arlington Cemetary looks like at the moment. This was sent to me by ATW reader and regular commentator Ernest Young.
I was there myself a few years ago now and was most impressed with the dignity, quietness and SHEER scale of the place.
Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths — some 5,000 — are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He’s done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.
As Ernest points out…
Arlington Cemetary at Christmas, and all done by a private enterprise – just to say thanks to the Armed Forces. It highlights some of the very different attitudes that prevail ‘over there’, that they treat their vets far better than we do in the UK is a given, but I could never see anything similar happening here!