Honoring Our Nation’s Greatest Heroes:
Arlington National Cemetery Tours conducts tours of the sacred grounds every day of the year except for two. On Saturday, December 16, 2017 and on Saturday, January 20, 2018, the tour will be closed and our team will work together to support Wreaths Across America and their mission of honoring our nation’s greatest heroes. On these two days, we’ll assist the organization at Arlington National Cemetery to place ribboned wreaths at the foot of every headstone in a touching ceremony that celebrates the lives and service of our military veterans dating back over 150 years.
The Beginning of a Beautiful Tradition:
What began as a gracious gesture by Morrill Worcester and the Worcester Wreath Company due to a surplus of wreaths, today Wreaths Across America is a national nonprofit organization that teaches about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. Last year, 1.2 million remembrance wreaths were placed across the country at over 1,228 locations, and close to a million volunteers donated their time on National Wreaths Across America Day.
National Wreaths Across America Day – December 16, 2017:
For those of you interested in participating in this year’s events, join us on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 8:15 AM for the Opening Ceremony which will be held in front of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial near the main gates to Arlington Cemetery. The ceremony will include some brief introductory remarks and will provide volunteers with information and instructions. Please note that attendance is not mandatory in order to volunteer.
Laying of the Wreaths:
All gates into the Cemetery will open at 8:30AM to allow volunteers to enter the grounds. There will be 65 wreath trucks located throughout the Cemetery which will open for wreath distribution at 9:15AM.
How You Can Help Make a Difference:
Because Wreaths Across America receives no government funding, their efforts are made possible by generous individual and corporate sponsors and by the thousands of volunteers who organize and attend wreath-laying ceremonies across the country. Here are a few of the many ways you can get involved.
Volunteer At Arlington: Donate your time by helping distribute wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery’s wreath-laying ceremony on National Wreaths Across America Day – December 16, 2017.
Sponsor A Wreath: Consider contributing a financial gift by sponsoring a wreath to honor our fallen heroes.
History of Wreaths Across America at Arlington:
1992: 5,000 wreaths were donated by Morrill Worcester and Worcester Wreath Co.
2007: Wreaths Across America formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
2012: 1 millionth wreath is placed at Arlington National Cemetery
2014: For the first time, every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery received a wreath – 227,000 in total.
2016: 25th year that wreaths were placed at Arlington National Cemetery and 44,000 volunteers helped lay over 245,000 wreaths on our grounds