National Wreaths Across America Day 2021 was held at 3,136 participating locations across the country, including Arlington National Cemetery, where the program originated. Our heroes were remembered and honored as volunteers safely placed more than 2.4 million Veterans’ Wreaths on headstones across the country and spoke each name aloud. At Arlington National Cemetery in particular, the Wreaths Across America program saw 66 tractor-trailers deliver more than 250,000 Veterans’ Wreaths which were laid by nearly 38,000 volunteers on Saturday, December 18, 2021.
As we honor our veterans, we also honor the host lands for allowing the mission to be accomplished with a follow-up crown removal effort. Please join us for this year’s Wreaths Retreat known as ‘Wreaths Out’ as volunteers are needed to assist with this effort on Saturday 22nd January. at Arlington National Cemetery, beginning at 8 a.m.
No vehicular access will be permitted on the cemetery grounds before 3 p.m. The public will be permitted to park in the Arlington National Cemetery parking lot beginning at 8 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the parking lot is full, additional parking will be available at the Pentagon South parking lot. Rideshare and taxi drivers using Memorial Avenue should drop off next to the Arlington Cemetery subway station. If you plan to take the metro to participate in Wreaths Out, know that the Arlington Cemetery subway station will be open; however, there will be a stop on the weekend of January 22 on the yellow line between the Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza and a one-time follow-up on the blue, orange and silver lines between McPherson Square and Smithsonian for track work. Exact journey times and travel advice for this weekend will be posted on the website and reflected in the trip planner here https://www.wmata.com/
Please note that Arlington National Cemetery has implemented 100% ID checks at all entrances. All visitors 18 and older (pedestrians, drivers, and passengers) must present valid state or government-issued photo identification at the entrance to the cemetery. Visitors 16 and 17 years old may show school-issued ID to enter.
Tips for volunteers:
- Give way to vehicles and heavy machinery and let them pass on the roadways.
- Remove only Wreaths Across America Veteran Crowns. Leave any other wreaths or decorations in place.
- Place the wreaths in dumpsters spread throughout the cemetery and wrap them well.
- When dumpsters are full, don’t stack wreaths next to them. Transport wreaths in unfilled dumpsters.
- Do not jump or climb on the crowns in the bins to compress them.
Each of these Balsam veteran living wreaths was a gift of respect and appreciation, given by a private citizen or organization and placed on graves by volunteers as a small gesture of gratitude for the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. For centuries, fresh conifers have been used as a symbol of honor and have served as a living tribute that is renewed every year. Wreaths Across America believes the tradition represents a living memorial that honors veterans, active duty service members and their families and when volunteers speak a veteran’s name aloud, when placing a wreath veteran, this ensures that they live on in our memory.
Wreaths Across America would like to thank the dedicated volunteers for their incredible commitment to the mission throughout 2021. From local volunteers, local leaders, professional truck drivers and many more, each person has played an important role in the mission to remember. those who have fallen, Honor those who serve and their families, and Teach the next generation the value of freedom.
This year, National Wreaths Across America Day will be on Saturday, December 17, 2022.