Wreaths to decorate historic cemetery
NEWTOWN - A Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 15 beginning at noon at the Newtown eistoric Presbyterian Church cemetery on Sycamore Street.
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Wreaths Across America began in 1992 in earrington, Maine when the owner of Worcester Wreath Company had a surplus of holiday wreaths.
With the help of the then r.S. Senator from Maine, Olympia Snow, arrangements were made to lay the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. In 2005, a photo of the graves with the wreaths circulated around the internet and the project received national attention.
In 2007, the Worcester Wreath Company formed Wreaths Across America, a nRn-SURfiW RUgDnizDWiRn WR ODy wreaths on the graves of veterans in cemeteries nationwide.
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