December 9, 2013

Maine first lady riding in wreath procession

Ann LePage hopped on the back of a three-wheeled motorcycle Monday to accompany the caravan out of Maine on its trip to Arlington National Cemetery.

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — The winter weather isn’t keeping Maine’s first lady off a motorcycle as she accompanies 11 truckloads of Maine wreaths rolling toward Arlington National Cemetery.

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Wreaths donated by Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, are placed next to headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., in this 2010 photo.

The Associated Press

Ann LePage, wife of Gov. Paul LePage, hopped on the back of a three-wheeled motorcycle Monday to accompany the caravan out of Maine. She’s wearing a helmet with a face cover, boots with foot warmers, and a special jacket and gloves to keep warm. She can get in a truck if the weather gets really bad.

All told, Wreaths Across America expects to ship 470,000 to 500,000 wreaths to adorn veterans’ graves this season.

About 100,000 of them are going to Arlington. LePage says it’s important to “remember the fallen, honor those who serve and their families, and teach our children the value of freedom.”

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