Karen and Morrill Worcester, owners of the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, and sponsors of Wreaths Across America will be honored at a dinner held Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Darien VFW Post No. 6933 on Noroton Avenue. Area veterans are invited to attend and RSVP to VFW Commander Phil Kraft at 203-656-0003.

The Worcesters and the wreath escort including five tractor trailers containing 15,000 wreaths along with 15 support vehicles are stopping in Darien on their annual journey from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery for the wreath laying memorial ceremony Dec. 11 at noon. At that exact time, an official Connecticut state remembrance wreath laying ceremony will also be held in the Spring Grove Veteran's Cemetery in Darien.

Spring Grove, Rocky Hill and Middletown are the three designated Connecticut state veterans cemeteries. All local residents are encouraged to attend the Spring Grove ceremony where volunteers are needed to help place more than 500 wreaths. Sponsorships at $15 each were sold for these wreaths. Those wishing to place the wreaths should gather at Spring Grove Veterans' Cemetery by 11:15 a.m.

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the Arlington wreath-laying by the Worcesters, who are also donating seven ceremonial wreaths to each of 425 National and local cemeteries and memorial locations across the country and coordinating worldwide ceremonies in 24 foreign countries and aboard naval ships. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to honor, remember and teach children the value of our freedom-one veteran at a time-by sponsoring a wreath to adorn the gravestone of a fallen hero.

Five local Masonic groups including Darien's Masonic Club and Ivanhoe Lodge, New Canaan's Harmony Lodge, Stamford's Union Lodge and Acacia Lodge in Greenwich have donated funding for this dinner. In addition to local veterans, Darien Selectmen; DAR Regent Winifred Lom; State Sen. Bob Duff; State Rep. Terrie Wood; State Sen. Andrew McDonald and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes have been invited to attend this dinner event.

CT Commissioner of Veterans' Affairs Dr. Linda Schwartz encourages all citizens to take a few minutes on Dec. 11 to attend one of these ceremonies to say thank you this holiday season to those who have served this nation