AUGUSTA — Tractor-trailers carrying over a quarter of a million balsam wreaths will travel from Maine to the national veterans’ cemetery in Virginia.

The annual weeklong journey begins Saturday, Dec. 8.

The convoy of volunteers is set to arrive Dec. 15 at Arlington National Cemetery. The caravan stops at schools and memorials along the way.

The convoy will stop in Augusta on Sunday, Dec. 9, for a rally honoring veterans. A free mobile center serving veterans readjusting to life after deployment will be on-site.

The Wreaths Across America caravan travels each year from Columbia Falls, Maine, where the wreaths are made.

The tradition began when Maine wreath maker Morrill Worcester donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington Cemetery.

The grand marshal is American Gold Star Mothers national President Becky Christmas.

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