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Wreaths Across America arrives in Southern Maine

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SOUTH PORTLAND --A convoy loaded with Christmas wreaths left Down East Maine Sunday for a week-long journey to Arlington National Cemetery.

There are 11 tractor trailers loaded with thousands of wreaths. They will be placed on the tombstones in Arlington.

Sunday, the convoy held a ceremony at Windham High School.

The convoy went to Scarborough High School for a special ceremony on Monday.

The wreaths were made in Columbia Falls.

The convoy will travel through Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C., before arriving in a week in Arlington, Virginia.

The grand marshals are Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon and his wife, Norma Donlon.

The tradition began when Maine wreath maker Morrill Worcester donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington Cemetery.

This year, there will be more than 200,000 of them placed at Arlington alone.

A total of 1.2 million wreaths will be placed on markers across the country in 1,238 locations.

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