Two Wreaths Across America wreaths were delivered and presented to Boothbay Harbor’s police and fire chiefs this week.
Local business owner Mark Gimbel, who attended the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Lincoln Academy on Sunday, Dec. 8, was asked to give the wreaths to the police and fire chiefs by Don Queeney. Queeney is a Wreaths Across America (WAA) convoy coordinator and a ceremony ambassador.
Gimbel made the presentation to Police Chief Bob Hasch and Fire Chief Nick Upham, along with BHPD Officer Larry Brown, on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
“I have known Don for a while and he said that the organization can’t deliver all the wreaths so he asked me to do the honor,” said Gimbel.
The fire department wreath sports a red ribbon while the police department’s has a blue ribbon. Both wreaths are adorned with a WAA flag and specially designed American flags for fire and police departments. They are on display in the police department in the town’s municipal building.
According to its website, Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington and more than 1,900 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and overseas. For more information, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org