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|
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.