Hundreds of thousands of wreaths being laid at Arlington to honor nation’s fallen at holidays

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December 18, 2016

arlington_holiday_wreathsARLINGTON, Va. — Tens of thousands of volunteers will fan out across Arlington National Cemetery to set hundreds of thousands of donated wreaths at the headstones of those laid to rest there.

The Wreaths Across America project has become an annual tradition at Arlington. It began in 1992 when a Maine wreathmaker donated 5,000 surplus wreaths to the cemetery.

Last year, more than 70,000 volunteers helped lay the wreaths, which arrive from Maine via motorcade.

Bad weather expected for Saturday morning may reduce the crowds from last year, but organizers still expect enough volunteers to cover the entire cemetery.

An opening ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery’s McClellan gate.

  • Rodney Steward

    This is great that people turned out to do this, I help do this several years ago at an old fort just down the road from my house! And funny, the name of the old Fort that was destroyed by Billy-Bob Clinton is named Fort McClellan! It was a booming place at one time and one of the best around! But this is how the Clinton’s work!

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