More than 50 DynCorp International employees gathered at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 10 for the annual Wreaths Across America event.
The Wreaths Across America event brings thousands of volunteers together to place holiday wreaths at the grave markers of fallen heroes within veterans’ cemeteries across the country. The event occurs each year in December, and the wreaths remain in place until mid-January. This year, the Wreaths Across America event was bigger than in any previous year. Volunteers laid more than 100,000 wreaths this year, more than three times the number typically placed.
Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery that was started by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992.
Wreaths Across America’s mission: Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on the second Saturday of December at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. They also organize a week of events including international veterans’ tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and a week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia where Wreaths Across America representatives stop along the way to spread their message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve U.S. citizens’ 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. The cost of these programs is paid by individual wreaths sponsors, corporate donors and volunteer truckers.
Wreaths Across America also coordinates veteran services and recognition through a variety of programs and provides schools with teaching aides for projects throughout the year.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is located in Arlington, Va. and operates under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Army as part of the Army National Cemeteries Program. The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served the U.S. armed forces. The cemetery is home to rolling green hills that are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age and complement the gardens found throughout the 624 acres of land. Arlington National Cemetery marks the final resting place for more than 14,000 veterans, including those that fought in the Civil War.