Wreaths Across America from Washington to Arlington

Elizabeth Howe
December 17, 2018 - 8:47 am

Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Paige Behringer


60,000 volunteers, including President Donald Trump, placed 267,000 wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday as part of the 27th annual Wreaths Across America event. But it's not called "across America" for nothing — volunteers from Washington to New York to South Carolina braved all sorts of weather to place wreaths in veteran cemeteries.


In a steady rain, Trump visited the cemetery during an annual event in which holiday wreaths are laid to honor the sacrifices made by veterans and their families. Read more here.

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Kay Haywood raised enough money to place about 1,880 wreaths in honor of Chelmsford’s fallen heroes. Read more here.


More than 50 service members teamed up with volunteers and more than 30 other organizations to lay wreaths on the gravestones of veterans at Ivy Green Cemetery in Bremerton, Wash. Read more here.


Brig. General James F. Glynn, Commanding General, Eastern Recruiting Region, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, speaks with Medal of Honor recipient Pfc. Ralph Johnson’s wife, Helen Johnson, at Beaufort National Cemetery.


More than 2,000 people showed up at Omaha National Cemetery to lay wreaths — so many that cars had to park along the road leading to the cemetery. Read more here.

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Sackets Harbor's wreath laying event was originally organized as a community service project by college freshman Jamie Lynn Mendelson. The wreaths were donated from Simmons Farm in Copenhagen.


“The important thing about doing these ceremonies every year, is that we continue to remember and continue to honor [our veterans>,” Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock, commanding officer of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic said. “The individuals that are here have been committed to this nation for most of their lives.” Read more here.


Darlene Moore has attended the annual wreath laying ceremony at Roseburg National Cemetery every year for 13 years since her son, Marine Corps Cpl. James Moore, died in Iraq. Read more here.


At West Point's wreath laying ceremony, Gold Star family members were invited to gather the wreath for their loved ones and stand to be recognized by the crowd. Others who had come to place wreaths for their loved ones were also named as they retrieved wreaths.

What started as 5,000 surplus wreaths from the Worcester family farm has turned into a national event, 1,500,000 wreaths, and two million volunteers — all to recognize the sacrifices of service members. 

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Photos courtesy of the Associated Press and DVIDS.

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