Wreaths Across America started it's week long trip to Arlington National Cemetery in Bangor Sunday.

 

The caravan will make it's way down the East Coast making stops along the way.

The story of how Wreaths Across America came to be is as inspiring as the event itself.

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 aid 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 that had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.

This went on pretty quietly for decades, until 2005, when the internet picked this up and it caught national attention.

Fast forward to 2018 and now there's an actual day! Wreaths Across America Day is Dec. 16.