MEL RUSSEN- WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

MEL IS THE LOCATION LEADER FOR WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA AND HAS BEEN ELECTED TO THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  THIS ORGANIZATION PROVIDES AND PLACES WREATHS ON VETERANS GRAVES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.  THE MOVEMENT STARTED IN 1992 WHEN MORRILL WORCESTER, OWNER OF WORCESTER WREATH COMPANY IN MAINE HAD SURPLUS WREATHS THAT HE PLACED AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY.    IN 2007, WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA, A NON PROFIT 501(C)3 ORGANIZATION WAS FORMED.  LAST YEAR THE ORGANIZATION PLACED ONE MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND WREATHS IN DECEMBER.  MEL PLACED 154 WREATHS IN HIS FIRST YEAR AS LOCATION LEADER AND 1,078 LAST YEAR.  HE COVERS 3 CEMETERIES (MANASQUAN, BRIELLE AND POINT PLEASANT) AS WELL AS LOCAL TOWN MEMORIALS.  HE WELCOMES VOLUNTEERS TO PLACE THE WREATHS ON DECEMBER 16, MEETING AT THE CEMETERIES AT 11:30 FOR THE 12:00 CEREMONY.