We have a great office now. Truth be told, our old office was pretty great too. If you know Annapolis well, we used to be across the creek on 4th Street – near Lewnes’ Steakhouse, Boatyard and the Annapolis Yacht Club. When we outgrew our cozy space we moved to a larger, more modern facility on West Street. Our empire now sits on the 5th Floor of 1 Park Place. We have a great Italian restaurant and festive Irish Pub downstairs. When our teammates and guests visit headquarters, they stay steps away across the street in the Westin. Most of our offices are westward facing which not only allows for warm afternoon sun, it gives us a near perfect view of the Annapolis National Cemetery.
Everyday we see the huge American Flag waving in the breeze from its protected spot on the hallowed ground. This cemetery was one of the original 14 cemeteries established by President Lincoln in 1862. It is the final resting place for veterans of all wars and like all these sacred spaces it has a beauty all its own.
This year, on Saturday December 17, the DATUM team along with hundreds of volunteers, will be there to remember the fallen. We will participate in a larger project called Wreaths Across America. At noon, volunteers across the country will gather at one of the national cemeteries and lay wreaths at the headstones. It will be a remarkable moment to give back to our communities.
The journey actually begins in Maine at the Worchester Wreath Company. In 1992 Morrill Worchester had several thousand extra wreaths and decided to send them to Arlington National Cemetery. The movement began and quickly gained momentum. Over the years, other National Cemeteries joined the project both here and abroad. Convoys of 18 wheelers will roll down the eastern seaboard delivering the wreaths. It has been called the longest veterans parade in America. It is a stirring site to see. From Bunker Hill to Pearl Harbor to Arlington, almost a million wreaths will be placed at markers around the world to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom.
DATUM is proud to support this great event. While the Annapolis National Cemetery will be transformed to a beautiful scene of white markers, green wreaths and red bows, there is still a need for donations and volunteers around the country. Please join in the spirit of giving and help us remember, honor and teach. For more information, visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.