For our soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines....

Freedom is not free

Arlington at Christmas

Tomb of Unknown Soldier in winter Arlington cemetery grave markers with Christmas wreaths

Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell.
The line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...

Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- 5,000 that are selectively placed every year -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.


Check out the dimensions of this flag. The Floral Flag is 740 feet long by 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions, as described in Executive Order #10834. This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars, comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter; each Stripe is 30 feet wide. This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants, with 4 -5 flower stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers. You can drive by this flag on V Street south of Ocean Ave. in Lompoc, CA. Between the field where this flag is planted and the ocean there are 9+ miles of flower fields. The flowers are grown by seed companies. It's a beautiful place close to Vandenberg AFB. Aerial photo courtesy of Bill Morson.

After viewing this page, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicepeople present and past. There is nothing attached, no pleas for money. Just ask your Higher Power to grace us all. Please share our page with whomever will appreciate the significance. Keep the wheel turning.