ARLINGTON, Va. - Two weeks ago, Wreaths Across America still needed over 100,000 wreaths to be able to cover all veterans headstones at the Arlington National Cemetery. By Wednesday though they made a huge comeback, reaching their goal of donations needed to purchase the remaining wreaths.
The mission of Wreaths Across America and its thousands of volunteers is to remember those who fought for our freedom during the holidays.
This is the 25th year, and at Arlington National Cemetery this Saturday, December 17, once again many will gather to lay a wreath at each grave. Most years the wreath laying attracts 40,000-50,000 people, but in fact last year when it was 65 degrees and beautiful outside a larger group of 70,000 people showed up.
Unfortunately this year will be drastically different – the weather is expected to be extremely cold with rain and even possible snow earlier in the morning. Wearing extra clothing and bundling up will help keep you warm!
The parking lot opens at 8 a.m., and then 245,000 wreaths will be brought in to the cemetery, 65 tractor trailers will be parked in different locations throughout the cemetery and starting at 10 a.m. volunteers will spread out to start to lay them on the graves.
Keep in mind, Metro doesn’t open until 7 a.m. because of SafeTrack.