A caravan carrying wreaths for the Arlington National Cemetery placement passed through Darien Tuesday night after the owners and crew stopped in Norwalk for dinner at the St. Ann Club. Darien's Wreaths Across America organizers Karen and Dave Polett were among the dinner attendees.

Following the dinner, the crew was saluted by Darien residents and all three fire departments with a giant American flag on the Noroton Avenue overpass. In addition to the large flag, Darien's volunteer firefighters acknowledged the convoy with lights and sirens blaring.

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Tonight @norotonheightsfd firefighters stood on bridges across town, saluting a convoy from Wreaths Across America headed down I95 from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery. . @wreathsacross is transporting 253,000 handmade wreaths and will place them at every marker in Arlington cemetery and one at each of the columbarium columns. . Tonight we stood with our town’s other fire departments @darienfiredept, @noroton_fire, EMS @darienpost53, and town police @darien_police honoring our nation’s fallen heroes. . May God bless your family, our town, and America. This holiday season we honor the brave sacrifice of so many, who paid the ultimate price and showed us all what it means to be brave, honorable, and stand up for good. Because of our nation’s veterans, their sacrifice allows us to be with our families this holiday season. We are the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Tonight, and this week as volunteers across our nation lay wreaths at veteran’s graves, we honor their sacrifice. . . . #darien #darienct #fairfield #fairfieldct #wreathsacrossamerica #wreathsacrossamerica2018 #honorourveterans #thankyouforyourservice @wreaths_across_america_ctmvcm @wreathsacross
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The public is encouraged to attend the Wreaths Across America dedication ceremony to be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Darien’s Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery. 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. Local fund-raisers have collected over 1,200 wreath sponsorships for Darien’s Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery this year.

Darien’s wreath laying ceremony will be conducted simultaneously with the wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 15. 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 2018, Wreaths Across America marks the 27th anniversary of the Worcester Wreath Company donating wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.

This year, several Darien civic groups including VFW Post #6933, the Masonic Club of Darien, and Good Wife’s River Chapter DAR partnered with some members of Darien’s Monuments and Ceremonies Commission to collect wreath sponsorships. Many Darien businesses and local citizens also  donated. Last year, an anonymous donor gave additional wreaths so that every veteran’s grave in the Veterans section of Darien’s Spring Grove Cemetery could be covered with a wreath.

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization's patriotic mission is to: Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve and their families and to Teach our children the value of freedom. Each year in December, WAA coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at over 1,400 veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. This year, for the first time over 9,000 wreaths will be placed at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France.

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Wreaths Across America heading to Arlington National Cemetery
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