Wreaths Across America caravan stops in Norwalk on its way to Arlington
The Wreaths Across America escort to Arlington stopped for dinner hosted by the St. Ann Club in Norwalk on Tuesday night, Dec. 10. The event was attended by Norwalk Police with Mayor Rilling and wife, Lucia, and State Senator Bob Duff. Gold Star families from all over the country also joined the caravan. Darien Wreaths Across America volunteers, David and Karen Polett met up with long time friends, Executive Director of WAA, Karen Worcester and her husband Worcester Wreath Company owner, Morrill Worcester.
Darien's Noroton Heights and the Darien Fire Departments put their trucks with flags unfurled and sirens blazing on the Hollow Tree Ridge overpass on route 95 as the convoy passed on their way to Arlington National Cemetery.
The public is invited to attend the wreath laying ceremony at Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery at noon on Saturday, Dec. 14.
According to local tallies, there are 2,184 veterans buried in the Darien cemetery, the first of three designated official veterans’ cemeteries in the state of Connecticut. The other two are in Middletown and Rocky Hill.
Darien’s wreath laying ceremony will be conducted simultaneously with the wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 14. Many interested local residents are needed to help with the wreath placement this year.
People are asked to arrive at Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery by 11:30 a.m. to prepare for the noon ceremony. The local ceremony will be led by David Polett, location coordinator for Wreaths Across America, Darien, assisted by Vietnam veterans John Driscoll and Alan Bixler. In 2019, Wreaths Across America marks the 28th anniversary of the Worcester Wreath Company donating wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.