What has become known as the country’s longest veteran’s parade – Wreaths Across America’s annual “Escort to Arlington” – started its journey on December 10, 2022, with a sunrise service at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine, the easternmost lighthouse on the Atlantic coast of the United States.
The vehicle caravan then headed down through Maine and the East Coast stopping at schools, memorials, and other locations along its 800-mile journey to Arlington National Cemetery to fulfill its mission to remember the fallen, and honor those who serve and their families as well as teach the next generations.
Participants included Gold Star families, Blue Star families, various veterans’ organizations, Maine State Troopers and other law enforcement agencies, area fire departments, the Patriot Guard Riders, and other organizations.
As well as laying wreaths at every gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery for the December holidays, Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 3,700 locations across the United States, at sea, and abroad. To learn more or donate, you can go to their website at WreathsAcrossAmerica.org. (Photos courtesy West Quoddy Head Lighthouse Keepers Association)
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