Gov. Paul LePage prepared to leave Maine on Friday to join First Lady Ann LePage, who has been traveling since Monday with the Wreaths Across America convoy bound for Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
This year marks the 20th consecutive year that Morrill Worcester, owner of Harrington-based Worcester Wreath Company, has donated tens of thousands of wreaths to lay on the gravestones of soldiers. The event has grown every year and now features dozens of stops along the East Coast.
The governor and first lady attended the opening of the Wreaths Across America Museum last September in Columbia Falls and Ann LePage asked if she could make the trip.
The First Lady has been riding with the Patriot Guard Riders as an escort for the tractor-trailers filled with Maine-made balsam wreaths. On Wednesday, Ann LePage stopped at the Vietnam War Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey.
“There are so many wonderful people that we have met along the way and they are so grateful,” the first lady said. “People we pass by on the side of the road have their hands over their hearts or are waving a flag. It’s heartwarming and I have never been more proud or honored to do anything in my life,” she said.
Gov. LePage has been busy this week rolling out his supplemental budget for the Department of Health and Human Services, but he will join the convoy Friday to help decorate the gravestones.