Subject: Christmas At Arlington Cemetery, Va.; Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 4:48 PM

Thanks Ron, for the two beautiful pictures.


Last Christmas I took similar ones (minus the snow) at my brother George's site at Arlington and am attaching a few of them. His Memorial Section I was among the beneficiary's of the Worcester Wreath Co. donations.[1]  You will note he is in very good company with a Navy Medal of Honor recipient nearby.


As you may be aware, the Memorial Section is a unique area set aside in Arlington National Cemetery for  thousands of veterans whose headstones and gravesites are identical to all others with this critical difference:  there are no remains interred under these headstones, and all inscriptions begin with three memorable words, "In Memory Of.[2] Otherwise, the Memorial Section looks just like any other gravesite section in the cemetery.  


Semper Fidelis and Merry Christmas Ron--and thanks for all you and the entire Leatherneck Magazine Staff do for Marines, Marine Families and Friends of Marines.

[1] Every December for the past 15 years, Morrill Worcester, 56, owner of one of the world's largest holiday wreath companies, has taken time in the midst of his busiest season to haul a truckload of wreaths to Arlington from his small Maine town of Harrington. For years, he and a small band of volunteers laid the wreaths in virtual obscurity. But in the last 12 months that has changed, thanks to a dusting of snow last year at the cemetery, an evocative photograph, a sentimental poem and a chain e-mail. And this year, Worcester went national. A new program, Wreaths Across America, shipped a total of about 1,300 wreaths to more than 200 national cemeteries and veterans' memorials in all 50 states. Worcester says he wants to help Americans remember and honor deceased military veterans, particularly at Christmas, when they're missed most. On the Wreaths Across America website, he makes this comment: "When people hear about what we're doing, they want to know if I'm a veteran. I'm not. But I make it my business never to forget."


[2] Established by an Act of Congress and under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Army whereby appropriate memorials or markers may be erected in Arlington National Cemetery to honor the memory of certain individuals or group of individuals. This includes those who are missing in action; whose remains have not been recovered or identified; whose remains were buried at sea, whether by the member's or veteran's own choice or otherwise; whose remains were donated to science; or whose remains were cremated and their ashes were scattered without interment of any portion of the ashes. Such Headstone inscriptions begin with, "In Memory Of."