AUBURN, Mass. – Residents are encouraged to greet the Wreaths Across America convoy as it arrives at the Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks next week, says Larry Corbin, director of veterans services in Auburn.
The Wreaths Across America convoy of trucks will honor the town of Auburn with a return appearance and stopover Monday, Dec. 10. The convoy is expected to arrive at 4 p.m., Corbin said.
"The whole event is just wonderful. It’s great for the town, for the veterans, and I’d like to see a whole bunch of people out there," Corbin said. "I'd really like to see this supported."
This group of veterans and Gold Star Mothers, friends and supporters honored the town of Auburn last year with a stopover on the way to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
The group decorates every grave in Arlington, with the support of many volunteers, in one day. All wreaths are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. in Maine. The convoy travels through many towns and has decided to return to Auburn. This is a first, according to Corbin.
"They usually travel a different route each year, stopping at towns along the way that they have not been to," he said. "They did not plan on coming back here because they’re so much in demand. People all over want them to come to their towns.
"The people in Auburn gave them such a warm welcome and thank you that they contacted me again in January and decided to return to us again this year."
In addition to greeting the convoy, the public is invited to a ceremony and dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 754 Southbridge St. Tickets, which cost $5 for a ziti and meatballs feast, are available at the lodge.
The convoy will donate wreaths, which will be laid along Veterans Memorial Corridor in Auburn by members of the Vietnam Veterans Association 554.