A stream and trees from aove

About Us

Founders of Flagpole of Freedom

Portrait of Morrill Worcester

MorRill Worcester

Founder of Flagpole of Freedom Park, Chairman of the Board

Portrait of Michael Worcester

Mike Worcester

Founder of Flagpole of Freedom Park, Managing Director

Portrait of Rob Worcester

Rob Worcester

Founder of Flagpole of Freedom Park, Managing Director

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Entrepreneurialism and patriotism have been the basis for all accomplishments throughout Morrill Worcester’s legacy. At just 12-years-old, he was a top-selling paper boy for the Bangor Daily News when he won a trip to Washington, D.C. The experience included a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, a moment that sparked a lifetime of honoring US veterans through his work. 

A graduate of the University of Maine, Morrill went on to establish a series of businesses, including the Worcester Wreath Company, County Concrete and Construction and Worcester Peat Co. He even started the first professional basketball team in the state – the Maine Lumberjacks. Worcester Wreath Company was the first mail-order wreath producer in the country, which supplied product to the national retailer L.L. Bean for 26 years. Today, it is one of the largest employers in Washington County.

Three men of Worcester family stand in field

In 1992, with a surplus of Maine wreaths, Morrill decided to donate those wreaths to veteran graves in Arlington Cemetery – a tradition the family quietly continued for over a decade. In 2005 after his family completed the wreath laying, a press photographer saw the beauty of the brightly colored bows resting on the headstones and took a photo that went viral. The outpouring of support for this quiet family tradition became too powerful to ignore and the non-profit Wreaths Across America was born. In 2021 alone, more than 2.5 million sponsored wreaths were placed in thousands of cemeteries across the country.

Three men stand in a big open field

In the early 2000s, Morrill’s sons Rob and Mike joined their father’s family businesses. Mike’s positions have included General Manager for Worcester Wreath Company and Worcester Peat Co., and today, he serves as CFO for the Worcester Companies. Rob continues to oversee the current management and operations for County Concrete, helped develop and currently manages all harvest operations for Worcester Holdings Balsam Fir Farm and is the Transportation and Logistics Coordinator for Wreaths Across America.

Sharing the same deep love of country and entrepreneurial spirit have fueled their success over the last 20 years. What started with Morrill’s interest in placing a flagpole on his family’s tree farm, turned into a destination to celebrate patriotism. The Flagpole of Freedom Park project was born.

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purpose Driven company

Flagpole of Freedom Park is a purpose-driven organization supported by private investment. Our purpose is true — to build unity and foster pride without party — and we’re on a mission to do just that.

As a for-profit entity, we have the opportunity to partner with — rather than compete with — the estimated 45,000 Veteran related non-profits, like-minded service organizations, and foundations.  Our intention is to support and serve this non-profit community by sharing a portion of our profits and resources with those and other like-minded service organizations.

We are also committed to investing in sustainability, the local community and state with a high level of transparency, both economically and environmentally.

Entry to the park is always free to the public. No one will ever pay to come and see their loved one’s names on the Remembrance Walls or closely view the Flagpole. Visitors can also freely enjoy the 2,500 acre expanse of the park set in the Maine Forest.

Once completed, our Halls of History will feature live productions and immersive experiences that will have optional ticketed access. Proceeds of these day-pass style tickets to the 50+ planned experiences will be the mechanism that maintains and operates the Park.

Flagpole of Freedom is not being funded by taxpayer monies or federal funds. This is a privately funded enterprise. It is our belief that a for-profit structure not only is the most effective method of building the Park, but it is precisely this structure that will allow us to maintain and grow the Park for generations to come, as well as to have a sustainable impact on the Veteran-focused nonprofit community, now and into the future.

Our TEAM

Our roster of talented professionals includes Structural Engineers, Architects, Master Planners, Geotechnical Engineers, Civil Engineers, Transportation Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Landscape Architects, Estimators, Designers, 3D Visualization Designers, Brand Builders, Creative Storytellers and Communication Specialists.

Park maps, still imagery, proof of concepts, and animations provided by one or more of the followingWBRC Inc. — Architecture &  Proof of Concepts, Master Planning, 3D Visualizations, Flythroughs  Fathom Studio – Master Planning, Landscape Architecture, Wayfinding, Remembrance Parks Luminous Labs – 3D Visualizations and animated flythroughs John Linn/ Holmes Mills Co. – Drone Aerial Photography Digital History Studios – Augmented Reality and Cinematic Visualizations

Imagery Support material provided by one or more of the following: LeMessurier – Structural Engineers, Enclosure Consultants VHB – Traffic & Transportation, Environmental Permitting Doppelmayr – Gondola Transportation Systems Moyse Environmental Services – Environmental Field Mapping