This year's National Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Volunteers will be placing some 253,000 Veterans’ Wreaths on the headstones and Niche columns throughout the cemetery.

Sponsorships are still needed to reach this goal. It cost $15 to sponsor a wreath for placement. The government does not provide these wreaths and without the support from grateful Americans, it would be possible to honor all the men and women laid to rest there.

To make a donation, click here.

The DC Metro will open at 7:00 a.m. on the morning of Wreath Day. The blue line has direct access to the Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery* and Rosslyn stops. The yellow line has direct access to the Pentagon stop.

Free shuttle buses will be made available from both Rosslyn and Pentagon Stations to bring volunteers to Arlington National Cemetery for the event. We highly encourage you to plan ahead and prepare to either walk or take the shuttle to this year's event from these two locations

*In May, DC Metro began a major capital project replacing the four entrance escalators at the Arlington Cemetery Station. As a result of this work, there will only by two working escalators available on National Wreaths Across America Day.

Schedule of Events for National Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington

Escort of Wreaths to arrive at the Cemetery at 7:00 a.m.

If you would like to be there for the escort’s arrival, we recommend taking a taxi or Uber from the hotel to Memorial Drive prior to 6:30 a.m.

·       Security screening to begin at all gates at 7:00 a.m. All attendees will need to go through security before entering the cemetery.

·       The gates to the cemetery will open at 8:00 a.m.

·       8:30 - 9:00 a.m., MEET UP: Meet inside Fashion Center at Pentagon City at the food court near Starbucks (ground floor). Everyone will get a chance to meet each other, grab some coffee, check in, and get a Weis Markets winter hat, CroppMetcalfe winter gloves, drawstring bag and more. The Fashion Center at Pentagon City will be providing complimentary coffee to our listeners who meet up prior to walking over for the wreath laying.​

·       The opening ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. at McClellan Arch, McClellan Drive (between Sections 12 and 33).

·       Truck doors will open throughout the cemetery beginning at 9:00 a.m. for wreath hand out and placement.

·      9:30, WALK OVER: Connecting Vets will lead our group from the mall and start walking up Joyce Street to the Service Entrance at Arlington National Cemetery.

·      10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, WREATH LAYING: We will meet at section 64 at 10 a.m. and start laying wreaths. We should be wrapped by 11:30 a.m.

·       9:00 am to noon, wreath laying throughout cemetery by volunteers.

·       Wreath-laying events at specific graves and memorials throughout cemetery including:

  • 09:30 a.m. Columbarium
  • 10:00 a.m. President Taft
  • 10:30 a.m. President Kennedy
  • 11:00 a.m. USS Maine Monument
  • 12:00 p.m. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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