Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6131 gathered at the town war memorial at noon Saturday, Dec. 15, to remember the local servicemen and women who gave their lives for their country.

The group chose that specific date and time for a special reason, according to Post Commander Herman Littlefield.

"We're doing this wreath placing ceremony to coordinate with the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery," said Littlefield.

Much like the larger scale efforts happening that day at the thousands of gravesites at Arlington, officers with the Northport post placed a wreath on the town war memorial as the clock struck twelve.

"They're doing this in a lot of other towns too," said Littlefield.

According to information posted at, more than 300 communities held wreath-laying ceremonies in every state in 2008.

Each year, trucks loaded with Maine-made wreaths — the handiwork of employees at the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington — pass through the state en route to Arlington National Cemetery for placement on the graves of those buried and memorialized there. According to national media reports on Saturday's ceremony at Arlington, more than 100,000 wreaths now grace the final resting places of our nation's veterans thanks to the efforts of thousands of volunteers.

In Northport, Littlefield and his fellow officers, Allen Yeaton, Bill Harrington, Sandy Lyle and post auxiliary member Marilyn Leathers were present for the local ceremony, as were Littlefield's wife Patsy and his grandchildren, Hannah and Cora Littlefield.

"It's important to remember," said Littlefield.