COLUMBIA FALLS — Wreaths Across America was informed Monday they would not be allowed to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Organizers scrambled to find a solution that would allow for the wreaths to be placed under COVID-19 regulations. Veterans and lawmakers also petitioned for Arlington to reverse the cancellation.
Those efforts paid off when Maine officials heard Tuesday the Secretary of the Army directed the national cemetery to host the annual event.
“They’re concerned about their workers, they’re concerned being in an area where their rates are high. They’re concerned about workers intermingling with volunteers,” said Wreaths Across America Executive Director Karen Worcester. “We don’t know what this is going to look like but we do know that we’ve come together and we’re committed to represent the families of those who are buried there.”
She said to keep an eye on the group’s Facebook page for updates.
For the last 29 years, Columbia Falls-based Wreaths Across America has made it their mission to place a wreath on every grave in Arlington while reading the person’s name.
The wreath laying also takes place at more than 2,400 other cemeteries nationwide.