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2012 saw 221 wreaths for St. Patrick's Cemetery , an increase of almost 90 wreaths from the previous year.  Keep up the great work Enfield!!  If you wish to register your group for fundraising, go to www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org and register; if you have questions, please send a message to the location leader through the WAA website or ask Lori and I'll get the msg to the correct person.  The 2013 Wreaths Across America ceremony date is Saturday December 14, 2013.

2012 registered local fundraiser groups:

Parkman Elementary School:  CTEHPPTO430

CT DAR (Penelope Terry Abbey Chapter):  CTDAR007

Enfield Food Shelf:  CTEFS1111

American Legion Post 80:  CTAMLEG80

Network Against Domestic Abuse of North Central CT:  CTNADA01

Enfield Hooah:  CTEHAH01

by utilizing one of these codes, $5 of your purchase price goes to that group. 

the video from the WAA truck, en route to Arlington National Cemetery, stopping at Parkman Elementary School in 2012: 

 

 

 

 

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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org

Enfield Connecticut was honored in 2008 by Wreaths Across America, having one of its  cemeteries chosen as a ceremony site for this annual event, St. Patrick's Cemetery (King Street, across from Namco).  The ceremony was brought here by the hard work and diligence of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Penelope Terry Abbey Chapter, and in past years the event has been chaired by the following volunteers:

2008:  Jean Robinson, DAR

 2009:  Gail Myers, Girl Scouts of America

2010:  Gail Myers, Girl Scouts of America

2011:  Jean Robinson, DAR 

The 2011 ceremony will be held at the cemetery flagpole at noon on Saturday December 10, 2011.  This ceremony is done simultaneously across our country in over 500 cemeteries, as well as at the sites of the September 11 tragedies.  

Each year during the week leading up to the ceremonies, a convoy escorted by the police and Patriot Guard Riders leaves Maine headed for Arlington National Cemetery with wreaths, making stops along the route to promote their motto of "Remember. Honor. Teach".  This journey is documented and updated on the WAA's website, so you can track their stops along the way.

 if you would like further information on the ceremony, or would like to donate or volunteer, please contact Jean Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2012 information:  Wreaths Across America will take place on Saturday December 15, 2012

 

Hello all!

 

Enfield's second organizational meeting for this year’s Wreaths Across America Ceremony will be held at  Enfield Town Hall on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.   The meeting will take place in the Scitico Room on the bottom floor of the building.

 

One of the goal's for this year is to have enough wreaths donated so that  all  graves of servicemen from Enfield that were killed or went missing during World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Global War on Terror will be marked. 

 

If you are interested in fund raising for your non-profit organization, you will need to register your organization at wreathsacrossamerica.org, even if you have registered in the past.
 
If you are not able to attend the meeting, please email me or leave a phone message--especially if you have made progress on any tasks that you volunteered for. 
 
See you all soon!
 

Jean Robinson 

860-668-7922 

 

 

 


 

This year, 2011, the following non-profit groups have signed on to be a part of the WAA's fundraiser.  When purchasing a wreath for placement on a veteran's grave, if you indicate one of these groups' numbers, that group will receive $5 of your purchase price (this does not change your purchase price of $15 per wreath).  The groups registered thus far are as follows: 

Parkman Elementary School:  CTEHPPTO430

CT Daughters of the American Revolution:  CTDAR007

Enfield Street School:  CTESSPTO01

Enfield Food Shelf:  CTEFS1111

American Legion Post 80:  CTAMLEG80

Hazardville Memorial School:  CTHMSPTO01

Please remember when ordering if you wish your wreath to go to the cemetery here in Enfield you need to indicate the cemetery's code:  CTSPCE. 

 paper order forms are available at the Enfield Public Library (Middle Road) and at the Reception Desk at Enfield Town Hall.  You can also find them on Facebook under the group "Wreaths Across America 2011 Enfield CT" or online directly at the WAA site (www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org) 

And the biggest news:  One of the WAA convoy trucks, en route from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery, will pull off the course and come to Enfield!!!!  On December 6, 2011, one of the convoy trucks, carrying +/- 4500 wreaths bound for Arlington National Cemetery, will come through Enfield and head to Parkman Elementary School for a special assembly, lasting approximately one hour, scheduled for 930AM.   The route that the convoy will take is as follows:  Route 5 South beginning at x49, left onto Post Office Road, right onto Simon Road, and right onto Weymouth Road to go to Parkman.  When they leave Parkman they will head up Weymouth to Route 5 and take x46 back onto Interstate 91, allowing several locations along the route to show our support and gratitude for this amazing company.  Because of what WAA does, we can all play a part in honoring our veterans.  This is truly an honor for our town!!!

E-TV's coverage of the WAA truck to Enfield, 6 Dec 2011:

a public thank you to those involved in the convoy and school assembly:

Hello everyone,
Yesterday felt like a fairytale in many ways, so I'll start this thank you note as such:

Once upon a time (actually, October 6, 2011) someone foolishly told me that he would be helping to organize the escort of the Wreaths Across America truck coming through Connecticut and asked if I might have a suggestion for where they could stop. By noon on the 7th of October I was in touch with Pattie Ptak of the Patriot Guard Riders and had already bombarded Maureen Sl of Parkman Elementary with a request to invade her school for a day just shy of two months later. The program grew each day in size and excitement, and what we saw yesterday was simply beyond words. I will do my best to try to find some here to say thank you:

To Bob Stone and Pattie Ptak and all your fellow members of the Patriot Guard Riders: what you do for our veterans means so much to so many and I am in your debt for allowing this program to grace the town of Enfield. Thank you so much. I have had the great pleasure of meeting so many amazing people during the planning of this program and your dedication to honoring veterans is humbling.

To Maureen Sl and the students and staff of Parkman Elementary: what can I say? I was new to Parkman this year and only one month into school, and here I was calling to ask for your permission in bringing chaos to your hallways. You welcomed the WAA program of "Remember, Honor, Teach" with heartfelt passion and just created such an amazing program that went far beyond what I had hoped for....your students not only learned during this experience, they taught others a valuable lesson about veterans, honor, and sacrifice, and I have never been prouder as a parent. I think I learned more from their words and their perspective than I could have anywhere else. As the WAA says, we need to connect the "Greatest Generation" with the "Generation of Hope", and that connection was palpable in your gymnasium yesterday.

To American Legion Post 80, American Legion Post 154, and the Enfield Police Department Honor Guards: Wow. I called and you were there. I heard so many comments after the program from people that were in awe of the presence you showed at the school. With no practice you all worked so well together and created such a beautiful and moving tribute for our veterans and I know those in attendance will never forget what they saw. You consistently amaze me.

To the Jordan, Johnson, and Bixler families: thank you so much for being a part of the program at Parkman. I know it isn't easy for you to sit through any program that focuses on sacrifice, never mind one that focuses part of it specifically upon Gold Star Families, but you continue to allow us to reflect on your loss in an effort to remind others of what sacrifice truly is. We will not forget our fallen heroes and appreciate you allowing us to incorporate you into part of that lesson for others.

To Enfield's Police, Fire, and EMS: I simply cannot thank you enough. I know I emailed and called and even attended a meeting or two and literally dropped this into your laps with request upon request, and you just smiled and ran with it. I cannot put into words what seeing that convoy did to my heart and to the hearts of so many others, and it was you who made that happen.

To our Senator, State Representatives, Mayor, Town Council, BOE, and Superintendent of Schools: having you present as part of 'Wreaths Across America day in Enfield' was so special in so many ways and I thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to be a part of the festivities. It meant so much to so many.

I have undoubtedly left someone out in this, so please forgive me and know that in my heart I will never forget every single person's role in the amazing day that the Wreaths Across America truck came through Enfield, CT. Words and photographs may fade with time, but the memory of what we were all a part of never will, thanks to each and every one of you.

With much thanks and respect,

Lori

a word from Jean Robinson following the 2011 ceremony:  

On behalf of the Enfield Wreaths Across America Committee, I would like to thank everyone who had a part in making this such a special week for Enfield. Lori Gates has already posted a most eloquent response to Phase One, the Wreaths Across America caravan which came to Parkman Elementary School on December 6.

And now, to the second phase, the December 10 Ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. First, thank you to the members of the committee: Lori Gates, Georgette Landry, and Bill Fillicetti.

Second, thank you to everyone who donated their time to participate in the ceremony: Emcee Cindy Mangini, Soloist Chelsea Orifice, Mayor Kaupin, Tony Torres, Thomas Orifice, Pat Droney and Father John Weaver. Their words for us were very inciteful and heart felt.
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Thank you to those who placed the wreaths: Veterans Warren Poole, Rick Gorman, Daniel Cahill, Robert Driscoll, Philip Marcoux and Jason Snukis; Scout leaders for Troops 108, 10349 and 10796; Boy Scouts Jordan Ruiz, Tyler Gorman, Gabriel Ruiz, Austen Juhasz, Thomas Sukeski, Alex Perdue and Noah Scavatta; Girl Scouts Elizabeth Shermer, Hannah Lessard, Katianna Grabon, Maia Doerner, Veronica Walker, Alexis Schacht and Rebecca Rogers.

Thank you, members of the Honor Guard Benjamin Barksdale, Ramon Almodovar, Charles Elwood, Tom Dzikiewicz, John R. Smith, Laurie Bastarche, and Bill Fillicetti. Thank you to the Rifle Squad, Henry Falkowski, Ehrich Grein, Frank Korona, Lucien Lefevre, Anthony Secondo, Donald Urichio and Howard Wilson. Thank you for the always haunting melody of Taps, played by Bugler Fred Miodowski. Thank you also to special helpers Paul Coffey and his family, and Terrill Gates.

Thanks also to those who donated items for the ceremony: Leete-Stevens Funeral Home, Enfield High School, the Enfield Women’s Club, and everyone else whose name I do not know. Please forgive me for any errors or omissions.

To all the photographers and videographer who recorded this week’s events, thank you for sharing your work with everyone.

And finally (before the band starts playing me off the stage)....

As a descendant of some of the first of America’s veterans, I am filled with pride as Wreaths Across America and the values it represents continues to grow every year. Our efforts to remember all of those who have served or are serving in our military must continue so that the history of our nation is never forgotten--or creatively rewritten. When the first group of men from Enfield headed to Lexington in April of 1775, they fought the enemy with muskets, bayonnets, sabres and cannon. By contrast, today’s military has automatic weapons, grenade launchers, sophisticated planes, tanks, laser-guided missles and stealth drones. Although the tools of war have evolved, fighting an enemy is still an ugly, violent business.

Thank you to all of the men and women and their families who have sacrificed so much to protect our liberty. May God bless America.

Jean Robinson, WAA Location Leader
 
the video montage of Enfield's WAA ceremony, 10 Dec 2011:

 

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The Wreaths Across America Story:

Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, was a 12 year old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News when he won a trip to Washington D.C. His first trip to our nation’s capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him. This experience followed him throughout his life and successful career in business, reminding him that his good fortune was due, in large part, to the values of this nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their Country.  

In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s Veterans. With the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery, a section which had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.

As plans were underway, a number of other individuals and organizations stepped up to help. James Prout, owner of local trucking company Blue Bird Ranch, Inc., generously provided transportation all the way to Virginia. Volunteers from the local American Legion and VFW Posts gathered with members of the community to decorate each wreath with traditional red, hand-tied bows. Members of the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C. helped to organize the wreath-laying, which included a special ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The annual tribute went on quietly for several years, until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet.  Suddenly, the project received national attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to help with Arlington, to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries, or to simply share their stories and thank Morrill Worcester for honoring our nation’s heroes.

Unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, Worcester began sending seven wreaths to every state, one for each branch of the military, and for POW/MIAs. In 2006, with the help of the Civil Air Patrol and other civic organizations, simultaneous wreath laying ceremonies were held at over 150 locations around the country. The Patriot Guard Riders volunteered as escort for the wreaths going to Arlington. This began the annual “Veterans Honor Parade” that travels the east coast in early December.

The annual trip to Arlington and the groups of volunteers eager to participate in Worcester’s simple wreath-laying event grew each year until it became clear the desire to remember and honor our country’s fallen heroes was bigger than Arlington, and bigger than this one company.

In 2007, the Worcester family, along with veterans, and other groups and individuals who had helped with their annual Christmas wreath ceremony in Arlington, formed Wreaths Across America, a non profit 501-c3 organization, to continue and expand this effort, and support other groups around the country who wanted to do the same. The mission of the group is simple:

Remember. Honor. Teach.

In 2008 over 300 locations held wreath laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries. Over 100,000 wreaths were placed on veterans’ graves.  Over 60,000 volunteers participated.

December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the US Congress as “Wreaths Across America Day”.

In 2010, Wreaths Across America and our national network of volunteers laid over 220,000 memorial wreaths at 545 locations in the United States and beyond. We were able to include ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, as well as Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites if the September 11 tragedies. We accomplished this with help from 902 fundraising groups, corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of helping hands.

The wreath laying is still held annually, on the second Saturday of every December. Our annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine  to Arlington National Cemetery has become known as the world’s largest veteran’s parade, stopping at schools, monuments, veteran’s homes and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to remember, honor and teach.

Wreaths Across America also conducts several programs to honor our Veterans, including our popular “Thanks a Million” caign which distributes cards to people all over the country to give Veterans a simple “thank you” for their service. We participate in Veterans’ events throughout the year, and have a Veteran liaison on staff to work with local Veterans organizations.

WAA is committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms, and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed so much to protect those freedoms. We offer learning tools, interactive media projects, and opportunities for youth groups to participate in our events. We also work to create opportunities to connect “the Greatest Generation” with the “Generation of Hope”. The inspirational stories of our World War II Veterans must be passed on to the leaders of the future.

Wreaths Across America would not be successful without the help of volunteers, active organizations and the generosity of the trucking industry. We thank them for working with us to remember the men and women who served our country, honor our military and their families,  and teach our children about our freedom and those who protect it.

 

The mission for 2011, "Giving the Christmas They Never Had": 

 


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a video montage of Enfield's 2010 Wreaths Across America ceremony:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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