"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France

When you combine a love of nation, and the mission to remember honor and teach with the love of an animal it creates a powerful force for good.

The soul of Wreaths Across America has been awakened with the arrival of Peter to his new forever home at Dun Dreamin Farm in Columbia Falls, Maine not far from the Wreaths Across America Headquarters.

Peter is a decorated veteran recently retired after fourteen years of service from the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) and was adopted by Karen and Morrill Worcester, executive director and founder (respectively) of Wreaths Across America. The adoption ceremony was at Fort Belvoir, Virginia on March 13, 2017.

"We are thrilled to be chosen as Peter's new home following his years of important service," Karen said. "As the newest member of our family, Peter will be an ambassador for Wreaths Across America."

The Old Guard is the official escort to the President of the United States and the nation’s premier memorial affairs and ceremonial unit.

“Our Caisson horses provide the final ride for our nation’s fallen heroes,” said Major Russell Fox, the Old Guard Public Affairs Officer. “We may be the only or last image a family member remembers as their loved one is laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. It’s our duty to ensure the ceremony is conducted to the highest of standards. The full honor funeral the Caisson Platoon provides ensures that image.”

After years of Caisson service, a horse may be deemed unable to fulfill their military duties. Horses are then placed in the adoption process consisting of an application, a site visit and several rounds of voting. The Worcester’s have applied for adoption several times over the last few years.   

As part of his distinguished service career, Peter performed six thousand funerals, received the Army Achievement Award from the Secretary of the Army, and performed as a flag bearer in President Barack Obama's second Inaugural ceremony. He finished his career with the Old Guard as the Second Horse for the White Team.

Peter stands 16.3 hands tall and was selected as a Caisson Platoon horse because of his color, size, focus, and behavior. Those who met Peter at his Open House on St. Patrick's Day were amazed at his size and docile temperament with one woman referring to him as a "gentle giant."

According to the Worcester family, Peter will become an important part of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor, and teach.

 

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