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Wreaths Across America Honors Veterans With Annual Ceremony

Each year around the holiday season, you might notice Arlington National Cemetery begins to looks a little different, as volunteers gather to honor both current and fallen veterans.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2007 as a way to expand the national wreath laying ceremony, which takes place each year on the second Saturday in December at Arlington National Cemetery.

The ceremony dates back nearly two decades, as it was first initiated by Morrill Worcester, president of Harrington, Maine’s Worcester Wreath Company, in 1992 as a way to honor the countries veterans.

Today, the ceremony has grown greatly in size and is able to place more than 5,000 decorated wreaths on headstones throughout the cemetery. In 2010, Wreaths Across America in conjunction with its national network laid more than 222,000 memorial wreaths at 545 locations around the U.S.

The organization also hosts a variety of educational workshops to educate youth about past and present wars and conflicts.

The majority of Wreaths Across America’s operations are conducted with the help of volunteers, sponsors and donors. Some of this year’s donors included, KBR, Northrop Grumman, URS and NetApp.

The wreaths at Arlington National are usually on display for approximately four weeks. For more information on how to get involved with Wreaths Across America, visit their website, here.

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