Wreaths Across the Wicomico Veterans Memorial, Wreaths Across America
Posted: Dec 13, 2018 8:29 PM
By Mallory Metzner
(SALISBURY, Mar.) - 7 wreaths across the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial and 25,000 wreaths across America.
"Wreaths Across America is an organization that was started by Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreaths in Harrington Maine. He had some extra wreaths back in 1992. They decided to take them into Arlington and it just took hold," says Perdue Driver Keith Clark.
Wreaths Across America holds wreath-laying ceremonies in about 1200 cemeteries across the country.
Perdue drivers got involved in 2007. Since then they have delivered more than 200,000 wreaths to veterans cemeteries along the east coast from upstate New York to Florida. All of the drivers are veterans themselves.
"It's customary that when you lay a wreath, you mention the soldier's name," Clark explains. Today we're placing 7 ceremonial wreaths representing the branches of the service."
The ceremony at the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial honors two local fallen heroes and their families. Sergeant Major Wardell Benjamin Turner, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014, is the most recent name on the plaque.
His sister, Valerie Renee Garrison Robinson says this ceremony is an honor for their family. "My brother has been a soldier, been in the military since 1993, right after college. He always believed in serving his country and his final mission was in Afghanistan. He never came back."
Also honored was Sergeant Seth Ricketts, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 during his fifth deployment serving in the army. His Uncle, Jim Hearne explains, "He left behind a pregnant wife and 3 sons. It's important to all of us to remember people who sacrificed their lives and gave up for this country and what they gave up for this country."
"We have a lot to be thankful for and blessed and this is a blessing to be honored," says Robinson.
"As a family member, it's really honoring for me to see their life and the loss of their life is still recognized," Hearne explains.
Wreaths Across America will continue honoring heroes throughout the holiday season. Some of these drivers will be at Arlington National Cemetary on Saturday.