Gorham police officers Dean Hannon, left, and Michael Coffin next week will escort a truck convoy in Wreaths Across America from Maine to Arlington National Cementery in Virginia. The wreaths will be placed on graves of the nation’s war dead. The Gorham officers are pictured last year when they left with the convoy in a snowstorm.
Coffin, Hannon to escort
Arlington wreath convoy
Police Chief Daniel Jones said that officers Mike Coffin and Dean Hannon will leave Sunday, Dec. 10, to again escort the Wreaths Across America convoy to Arlington National Cemetery.
Convoy truckers will deliver thousands of wreaths from Maine to be placed on veterans’ graves in Arlington on Saturday, Dec. 16. This year, Brian McDougall, a juvenile corrections officer at Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, will accompany Coffin and Hannon.
Coffin said they will leave at 3 a.m. and meet up with police officers from Scarborough, South Portland and Windham to travel to Harrington where the convoy trek begins.
Windham and Scarborough high schools are two of several stops along the route for ceremonies.
Hannon said last year’s trip generated many memories.
“Seeing all of the support from all the people standing outside in the cold to honor the escort,” Hannon said. “Listening to the stories from all the parents who lost their children/loved ones in war; and, laying the Wreaths at Arlington.”
Throngs lined streets and highway bridges along the route to Arlington. Coffin said despite the weather that toddlers, students, adults and seniors turned out to cheer on the convoy.
“Meeting and talking with veterans and families of veterans that lost their lives during tours” was an “emotional and warming” experience, he said. And, “meeting a number of volunteers from start to finish was just incredible. Just another reason why Officer Hannon and I asked to support this great ceremony.”
Students in kindergarten through grade 2will perform in concert from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the gym at Narragansett Elementary School.
U.S. taxpayer debt
The Bureau of the Fiscal Service reported on Nov. 30 that the U.S. public debt was $20,590,391,942,312.26.