Volunteers needed to help lay wreaths at Arlington Cemetery


Partnering with Wreaths Across America, the cemetery's official tour company will suspend their normal tours to assist the organization for this special tradition to honor and remember the active duty service members, veterans and their family members who've been laid to rest in the cemetery.

Volunteers for the Maine-based nonprofit organization have placed a wreath at every USA veteran's tombstone at Arlington National for a quarter-century.

The public is welcome to attend. In 1992, Worcester realized his success was due in large part to the values of this nation and the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Volunteers will place the wreaths at soldiers' graves.

The project received national attention in 2005, when a photo of the headstones with Worcester's wreaths circulated on the internet.

The theme this year is "I'm an American".

In 2014, Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers laid over 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond, including ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, as well as Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites of the September 11 tragedies. Not all of the graves will get a wreath, but someday that is the goal.

Every grave at Arlington National Cemetery will be covered. The effort supports the mission to remember, honor, and teach to be sure no hero is ever forgotten.

It honors veterans and those who have lost their lives in the service of their country. The local event is held in coordination with more than 750 veterans cemeteries across the country.