Each year, thousands of wreaths make their way from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery. This year’s convoy has already set out and on Saturday, December 13th some 200,000 wreaths will be placed on the graves of fallen soldiers.
While the main event takes place in Washington, DC, many local communities also sponsor wreath events. The Wreaths Across America website contains a listing of events that will take place across the country.
Our mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. We also organize a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and a week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia where we stop along the way to spread our message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.
This week of events is made possible by thousands of volunteers who organize local ceremonies, raise funds to sponsor wreaths, and participate in the events. We receive no government funding. The cost of our programs is paid by individual wreaths sponsors, corporate donors and volunteer truckers.
We also coordinate veteran services and recognition through a variety of programs, and provide schools with teaching aides for projects throughout the year.
Visit the Wreaths Across America website to learn more.
If you are planning to attend events at Arlington, we recommend that you visit the official website to learn more about the schedule, transportation, and other important information.