As Christmas approaches, we would all do well to remember the sacrifices of our troops. As we celebrate the beauty of the spirit that guides this special time of year, let us not become lost in the shuffle of shopping, but take the time to give thanks for all that is good in the human spirit. Too often, especially in these times, we cannot help but focus on the myriad wrongs being perpetrated–from MS-13 running amok and unchecked in our suburbs to the White House running roughshod over our Constitution to Congress, rubber stamping their own violations thereon, we are assaulted daily with outrage on top of outrage.
And so it is that, too, Christmas arrives each year to remind us of the good, the brave and the loving among us, and to show us that we, too, can adopt the spirit of Christmas, even if it’s temporary. For we need to keep that image in our hearts and minds: that positive power of example we can retain throughout the year and model after.
For example, each year since 1992, Merrrill Worcester, of Harrington, Maine, provides these wreaths, which number about 5,000, and pays the shipping costs for them to be delivered to Arlington, Virginia, where volunteers, many of them school children from Maine, lay them on the stones of our honored dead.
Our deepest thanks to those who served, and to the State of Maine, its school children and to Merrill Worcester, and wishing you a blessed Christmas.