Wreaths Across America - Arlington National Cemetery

On Saturday 12 December 2015, thousands of volunteers will again descend on Arlington National Cemetery to “Remember, Honor, and Teach” in an annual wreath laying event for our veterans buried in the cemetery. Every December since 1992, rain, snow or shine, volunteers have joined the Wreaths Across America organization and placed wreaths on veterans’ graves. In 2013 we placed over 143,000 Remembrance Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.  Last year, 2014, was the 150th Anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery and WAA had set its goal to cover every marker at Arlington, some 227,000 markers and that goal was reached lasted year.

Wreaths Across America expects even more trucks and wreaths than last year – as many as 40 trucks and over 130,000 wreaths. Good weather brings out plenty of volunteers. However, the weather forecast is something the WAA group can’t control. So, they can use your help! Arlington conducts funerals 6 days a week and can block off only 1 day for this event. In other words, there is no rain/snow/make-up date – it must happen entirely on this single Saturday!

All are welcome to help place wreaths. 


Schedule for Saturday 12th, Dec 2015

0700 Metro rail opens (system-wide)
0800 Arlington National Cemetery Gates open (Visitor Parking Garage opens at 7am for ANC Family Pass and Handicap Pass ONLY)
0815-0830 (approx) Wreaths Across America Truck Convoy arrives Arlington Cemetery Main Gate
0900 Wreaths Across America Opening Ceremony (McClellan Arch)
0930 Wreath laying begins across cemetery
1100 Wreath laying ceremony at President Kennedy’s grave
1130 Wreath laying ceremony at USS Maine Mast
1200 Wreath laying ceremony at Tomb of Unknown Soldier


Learn more about Wreaths Across America and this annual event.


YPFP will be convening volunteers at 8:45a to go as a group. Please meet us outside the Arlington National Cemetery Metro Station. We will be gathering to the west of the Metro entrance on the north side of the street.


We hope you will also join us January 23, 2016 to help with the clean-up!


December 12, 2015 at 8:45am - 12:30pm
Arlington National Cemetery

This event is open to members only. To apply for membership, click here.

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