Wreaths Across America in Biddeford
Council: 12941 - BIDDEFORD
The Wreaths Across America (WAA) program is administered by a non-profit organization called Wreaths Across America which promotes the placement of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery along with 2500 other locations.
The St. Joseph Council #1294 in Biddeford, Maine committed to providing funds and personnel to help implement a commitment to put a wreath on every veteran’s burial site in the City of Biddeford. This was accomplished with great spirit and enthusiasm. With the prediction of a huge snowstorm (18 to 24 inches) the week before the placement of the wreaths, a number of brothers went out a week early and placed marker flags on all the veterans’ graves which facilitated the finding of the veterans markers in the deep snow.
Members covered 5 cemeteries and placed over 3500 wreaths in the space of just a few hours on December 19 then went back on January 16 and removed all of those wreaths before they deteriorated to the point of being disrespectful to those buried there.