ARLINGTON, Va. -- More than 20,000 volunteers laid some 110,000 wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.
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In 2006, Worcester told Army News Service how this initial donation came about:
"We had ordered more than we could sell in '92. They were nice, fresh wreaths I didn't want to just throw away," he recalled. "I happened to think of Arlington because I'd come here when I won a trip to Washington as a 12-year newsboy.
"I saw the changing of the Guard, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the acres and acres of graves ... it all just struck me ... a memory I've never forgotten," said Worcester. "So, I hoped Arlington would allow me to decorate the graves - they did, and so here we are."
This year, Worcester presented the millionth wreath to a mother, Mary Byers, whose son, Army Capt. Joshua Byers, was killed in Afghanistan, according to Stars and Stripes:
Byers, her husband, Lloyd, and Army Sgt. Justin Lansford — who was severely wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in April — later placed it at the grave of Vietnam veteran Wilbur Tresvant in Arlington's Section 60.
Also joining in the placing of wreaths were Maine Gov. Paul LePage and his wife, Ann.