Viral online networking by veterans is credited with publicizing the annual tribute to the military dead by Morrill Worcester, a maker of balsam wreaths. Each December for the past 14 years Worcester has traveled from Maine to Arlington Cemetery to decorate graves with wreaths. This year, word spread on WreathsAcrossAmerica.org and hundreds of volunteers arrived to help him.
The story was a no-brainer for a newscast closer, combining as it did Christmas sentiment with yellow-ribbon patriotism. NBC's Bob Faw's angle was to profile Worcester and his Maine neighbors. ABC's John Donvan (subscription required) chose the volunteers…and gave us the money shot when the dawn wreathlaying halted in the Virginia mist as a cortege carried the latest flag-draped coffin past the array of white headstones.
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