Summary of the eRumor: A picture of beautiful
Christmas wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery in
Virginia. The wreaths have allegedly been donated since 1992 by
Merrill Worcester of the Worcester wreath company.
The Truth: The picture and the story are
His name is actually Morill Worcester (not Merrill).
In 1992 he was faced with a surplus of wreaths and hearkened back to a
memorable trip he'd taken to Arlington National Cemetery when he was
12-years old. He took the wreaths to Arlington from his business
in Maine and laid them on
the graves of 4,000 who are laid to rest there.
The next year he decided to plan on taking 5,000 wreaths and has been
doing it ever since. He said that there were only a few volunteers
the first year and it took them five or six hours to place the
wreaths. Now, however, he has so many helpers each year that the
work is done in about an hour.
Worcester expanded the campaign and started Wreaths Across
America. He is placing wreaths in each of the more than 230
State and National cemeteries and Veterans Monuments across the country.
HERE for more information
about the project.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
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.