Update: The WAA caravan to Arlington National Cemetery steps off from the Old Saybrook High School, Weds 12/10/08 @ 0900 - Sharp.
Old Saybrook - The Official Stop for "Wreaths Across America" East Coast Tour
Old Saybrook, CT -- Local veterans, townspeople and students will again gather on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at 7:30 PM to pay special tribute to the "Wreaths Across America" (http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.com) traveling caravan escorted by the "Patriot Guard Riders."
Old Saybrook is the major official stop in Connecticut on WAA's journey to Arlington National Cemetery, where the group will place wreaths on the graves of thousands of fallen soldiers. The town turned out in force last year to honor the traveling caravan and its work to honor this nation's veterans, so the Maine-based group decided to make the shoreline town a major stop again this year.
A wreath-laying at the Town Green War Memorial on Main Street will be held on Tuesday, Dec 9, 2008, at 5:30 PM, and special ceremonies will be held at the Old Saybrook High School at 1111 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook on Tuesday, Dec, 9, 2008 at 7:30 PM. Admission is free and open to the public.
As part of the town's special tribute, Lt. Governor Michael Fedele, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz and State Comptroller Nancy Wyman are scheduled to meet the "Wreaths Across America" team, including the "Patriot Guard Riders," before they continue their holiday journey toward Arlington, Va.
Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreaths in Maine, began his generous initiative in 1992 with a trailer full of New England-grown wreaths decorated by volunteers, which he laid at the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Over the years, the "Wreaths" mission has grown to encompass its current theme of "Remember, Honor, and Teach" the value of freedom in today's world.
"We're honored to be able to pay tribute again this year to Wreaths Across America and its message of honoring our veterans," says Max Sabrin, one of the event coordinators and a member of the all-volunteer Old Saybrook Fire Department. "Last year, we hosted them in town and they were all touched by the generosity and genuine goodwill that this town showed them. So they wanted to stop here again, and everyone in town has pulled together to make Tuesday, December 9 and Wednesday, December 10, 2008 a very special time for Morrill Worcester and the 'Wreaths Across America' folks and for those of us in Old Saybrook."
Sabrin says this year's second annual tribute will include local Connecticut veterans, citizen volunteers, as well as high school students, local Boy Scouts, and the Color/Honor Guards from the U.S. Navy Sub Base, the U.S.Coast Guard, the Old Saybrook Police Department, the Old Saybrook Fire Department and the Connecticut State Police.