Wreaths Across America returns to Arlington National Cemetery

Volunteers will place holiday wreaths at thousands of graves at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 17.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Arlington National Cemetery is inviting the public to participate in National Crown Day Across America this year on Saturday, December 17. Arlington will be one of more than 3,000 cemeteries participating in this annual event.

Volunteers can place a wreath at the base of a headstone or columbarium nest to honor the veteran’s legacy and remember their sacrifice. Those who wish to participate must pre-register.

What has become known as the nation’s longest veterans parade — Wreaths Across America’s annual escort to Arlington — kicked off on Saturday, Dec. 10. A caravan of thousands of wreaths will make its way from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery. Organizers said the official route, which can be seen here, will travel the East Coast, stopping at schools, memorials and other locations to spread the year-long mission to remember the fallen, to honor those who are serve families, and to teach our next generation the value of freedom.

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Stops and public events will be held in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Washington DC, before the caravan arrives at Arlington National Cemetery on the morning of Saturday, December 17.

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“For me, the Escort to Arlington is the culmination of another year of sharing the mission to remember, honor and teach across this country,” said Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America. “I say it every year, but it’s truly an experience of a lifetime.

Worcester is asking supporters to come along to the escort and experience it for themselves.

Worcester said: “The way they welcome the mission and these families and veterans into their communities, with flags waving and streets lined with children and grateful Americans, is something we’ve always wanted everyone to see. “This year we hope that supporters will once again join us safely in the road lanes and welcome the escort to their communities.”

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