BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- It started as a young paper boy's dream and continues to gain interest around the world. The annual Wreaths Across America caravan began their journey to Arlington National Cemetery where participants will lay a wreath on each fallen hero's tomb.
Founder Morrill Worcester with Wreaths Across America said the crowds he has seen have been overwhelming, "I bet you there were 3 times the people on the side of the road that there was a year ago...I've never waved to that many people from Herrington to Bangor. It's a testament that there are so many people that really are patriotic. They love to see it"
This is the organization's twenty-first year and it will mark the largest delivery yet. Over 400,000 wreaths will be placed this year around the country.
Veteran Roy Little said, "As a veteran for 23 years I really appreciate what they've done. It really does my heart good to see all the folks here who appreciate them also. It's very important for the American public to know and keep these people in their thoughts at all times, especially now that we are still at war."
Executive Director, Karen Worcester, with Wreaths Across America said, "I think that's a really good feeling to let a military family or military veteran know that this time of year a grateful nation has got their back...It's not just about laying wreaths. It's about doing this thing that we all do together to link our children and their history."
Vietnam Veteran Douglas Dowling has taken part in the wreath laying over the past five years and said, "It's humbling really it gets you...When you almost start crying because to see all the wreaths on the graves down there...real powerful."
A simple reminder to never forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
The trucks will arrive at Arlington National Cemetery on December 15th. The group will then lay their one-millionth wreath. For more information the Wreaths Across America website.