Provided by Arlington Tours
Arlington National Cemetery Tours is proud to support Wreaths Across America and their mission of honoring our nation’s greatest heroes. On Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 and Jan. 20, 2018. On these two days, we’ll assist the organization at Arlington National Cemetery to place ribboned wreaths at the foot of every headstone in a touching ceremony that celebrates the lives and service of our military veterans dating back over 150 years. 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. The public may participate in the event on Dec. 16, which begins with an opening ceremony in front of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial near the main gates of Arlington Cemetery at 8:15 a. m. Instructions will be provided to those who volunteer to lay and remove wreaths; wreath distribution will begin at 9:15 a. m. For more information visit our website.
Arlington National Cemetery Tours provides tours of the cemetery seven days a week throughout the year, allowing guests to explore the 600 acres of hallowed grounds in comfort. The tour makes a 45-60-minute loop, making stops at the most notable gravesites and points of interest, including the John F. Kennedy Family Gravesite, General John J. Pershing Gravesite, the Arlington House, Memorial House and more. The tour’s knowledgeable guides share the rich history of the cemetery, details about the hundreds of thousands of heroes who’ve been laid to rest there and other interesting stories. The tour makes seven stops on weekdays and 10 on weekends.
Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization that teaches about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. The tradition began as a gracious gesture by Morrill Worcester and the Worcester Wreath Company, who donated their surplus of wreaths. To date, millions of wreaths have been laid at the gravesites of thousands of veterans across America by more than one million volunteers.