Saturday, 16 December 2017 18:32

Wreaths across America pays tribute to Veterans Featured

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ELLSWORTH - Wreaths across America stopped in Ellsworth today at woodbine cemetery to lay wreaths on veterans tombstones.

It's a celebration of veterans who have passed and current veterans.


Mayor Marc Blanchette said "Veterans have to be honored they have earned that right they've served their time just like i was telling somebody else. What they've given us what they've protected us from it can't be compared to anything else."


One woman says it's an amazing experience.


Cindy Martin a volunteer said "You don't know what you're missing if you're sitting home watching this. Small town Maine everybody knows everybody so this is a joy to come out and share the experience and feel the emotion and be thankful for what they did for us."


The wreaths were purchased by individuals from wreaths across America and they had a little over 500 wreaths. Mayor Blanchette says he was overwhelmed with how many people showed up.


"Blown away by it I had no idea how many to expect today and to have this crowd to have the parents grandparents and their kids" said Blanchette.


He says he's so glad to see kids out here today learning about history.


"What they're learning today they'll never learn this in a classroom" said Blanchette.


He hopes this will continue for years to come.


"There's 850 or so veterans graves here at woodbine and next year now that we have a handle on it I want to see a wreath on every one of them" said Blanchette.


"It's great I couldn't ask for a better time and place to be we need to honor them past present future" said Martin.

Shonna Narine

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Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

She graduated from Five Towns College in Dix Hills Long Island where she anchored for their TV Club, and had her own radio show called "All Access Entertainment."

She won an outstanding achievement award and graduated on the dean's list.

Prior to graduation Shonna interned at News12 Long Island.

Shonna comes from a big family. With three older sisters, her parents, and six nieces and nephews there's never a dull moment when she's around them. When she's not working she enjoys working out, dancing, spending time with her fiance, and planning her wedding! Shonna would love to hear if you have any story ideas. You can email her at [email protected].