Volunteer touches the head stone as she help to lay holiday wreaths at graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Saturday Dec. 15, 2018, during Wreaths Across America Day. Wreaths Across America was started in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester and has expanded to hundreds of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. #arlingtonnationalcemetery#wreaths#umbrella#rain#pink#washingtondc#apnews
President Donald Trump visits Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, during Wreaths Across America Day. Wreaths Across America was started in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester and has expanded to hundreds of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. Swipe◀️ more pics. #trump#arlingtonnationalcemetery#wreaths#politics#apnews @ap_politics
We joined tens of thousands of volunteers to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery this morning. Somehow rain showers seemed fitting on a day to honor those who have braved far more than rain and sacrificed far more than comfort in service to our country!
Honored to shoot the closing shot for @nbcnews @nbcnightlynews today. Someone with Wreaths Across America (organization that coordinates volunteers to lay all of wreaths) told me there were 60,000+ volunteers today to lay the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. It was raining hard, but that didn’t deter them! I met veterans who saluted each grave after they placed a wreath, volunteers with family members buried at Arlington, and many others who dedicated a Saturday to get the enormous job done. One person commented that they needed more wreaths to place at graves still without one because “no one gets left behind.”
I haven’t missed a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in 7 years. My grandparents are buried there and my family goes every year (wind, snow, rain or shine) to honor them and all the others who have served our country. Thousands of people show up to place wreaths on each grave, taking the long escalator ride up to the cemetery. A site to behold. My heart is a little heavy tonight knowing I missed this one, but for good reason. It is a busy season as I move towards new beginnings. But next year. I don’t ever plan to stop honoring our service heroes. (I come from an Air Force family and my grandparents fittingly have a view of the memorial from their grave.)
Today, Saturday, December 15, 2018, is National Wreaths Across America Day!
Thousands of volunteers laid 267,000 wreaths at #arlingtonnationalcemetery today. Thank you. 📸 credit: U.S. Army photo by SSG Nicholas Farina, public affairs NCOIC for the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment.
I went to the Arlington National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America for the first time today. I was overwhelmed with emotion. It was raining like crazy but, I’m pretty sure all 90,000 people that signed up, showed up. We had the opportunity to hear a four star admiral speak while we were there. I’m definitely going to go again next year. Amazing! #wreathsacrossamerica#arlingtonnationalcemetery#thankyouforyourservice
Amazing tribute to all of our soldiers! Speechless! Ty #Repost @domraso with @get_repost
This post had a long caption as to how the poster felt. I feel the same way in lots of respects but also just want to appreciate the sacrifice our soldiers have made and those that continue to recognize and honor their service. I admire them all and can only honor their service by paying tribute to them and their families around Christmas. Along with our veterans, please remember our police officers who dedicate themselves to our homeland. #thinblueline#arlingtonnationalcemetery#lifeofservice
Jesse Loy Puffenbarger of West Virginia. It was an honor to place a wreath by your side. Thank you for your service to this amazing country 🇺🇸 May we never forget the sacrifices that you made for us all. (I did turn the wreath around after I realized the ribbon should have been on top). If you ever get a chance. No matter the weather, laying wreaths at Arlington is still one of the best things to do in DC. #arlington#arlingtonnationalcemetery#wreathsacrossamerica#washingtondc#igdc#westvirginia
Honored, and humbled, to have been one of thousands of volunteers to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Despite the rainy weather, turn out was substantial, spirits were high, and No Hero Was Forgotten.
Thank you @britneybarrett for joining me. We were water logged, but I wouldn't want anyone else with me.
A few weeks ago I asked a few of my members if they were interested in accompanying me to the Arlington Wreaths Across America, little did I know we’d end up with multiple SUVs filled with not only members and friends, but with their kids as well.
Today we each had an individual reason for making the trip to lay a single wreath at Arlington, but we accomplished this mission together. Heavy hearted we walked across hallowed ground placing wreaths on the graves of our beloved family and friends. We paid our respects, we left our tears, we taught the kids about selfless service and we took with us the gratitude and memories that we hold in our hearts for those selfless men and women who devoted their lives to us and the United States of America. 🇺🇸
I am overwhelmed with love and admiration for those who joined me today. A simple ‘thank you’ just doesn’t do what I feel for each of you any justice.
Keep being incredible humans. ♥️ #Arlington#arlingtonnationalcemetery#wreathsacrossamerica#service#heroes#military#veteran#hallowedground
It may have been cold and rainy, I got soaked and it was crowded but this was the most humbling thing I have ever experienced. The most beautiful sight to see was the thousands of people coming together to lay wreaths in memory of those who sacrificed so much. @wreathsacross #wreathsacrossamerica#arlingtonnationalcemetery#whatanhonor
Today I was honored to spend my Saturday morning at Arlington National Cemetery in the pouring, cold rain walking well over 6.5 miles. My sister @casey_french is also an Air Force Officer and we are so proud to come from a distinguished line of veterans in our family. Most of our grandmother’s family is buried here at Arlington, 6 people to be exact. Literally everyone in her family served or was married to a service member. We have Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and of course Airmen in our heritage. @wreathsacross is an amazing opportunity each year to give back and place wreaths for our veterans. Every national cemetery offers this opportunity so please check one out near you next year.
I wish I had made it to all my friends gravesites (too many to count) but there was one I wanted to see that I hadn’t see the new tombstone.
The final picture is not a family member. This amazing man was catalyst in my later career, he officiated my in office promotion to Major. Chris Quaid was one of a kind. He retired while simultaneously battling a very fast moving cancer that was service connected. He taught me so much in his last 4 years of leadership, courage, and faith. I was honored to know him, serve with him and call him friend. You’re missed Chris!
December 15, thousands of people descend on Arlington Cemetery on this gloomy, rainy day to honor, remember, and volunteer putting out wreaths for our fallen heroes. This is my second year doing it and it's always a humbling experience. Happy holidays and thank you for your service.
My parents and I had the honor of participating in the National @wreathsacross at @arlingtonnatl today, and it was so incredibly heartwarming to see so many thousands there with us even though everyone was cold and soaked to the bone. I think perspective is what I took away from today - sure, I am embedded in the Military world - but nothing, absolutely nothing could be more in your face about what our brothers and sisters fight for than a place of their final rest, a place of hollowed ground for over 400,000 brave souls. A place where 25 funerals occur each and every day. Perspective. This is also a place where you can look at grave marker emblems - did you know there are 67 different kinds here? Crosses, Stars, Wheels, symbols of faith and belief. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Atheists, Hindus, Indians....who served together, died together, and were buried together. Perspective. Let’s honor them and be grateful for them and say their names as we place wreaths or pebbles on their tombstone - but let’s also mimic how they fought - together, as one, loving each other, fighting for each other, and always having their tribes six. Perspective never forgotten. #neverforget#love#soldier .
Despite the rain which seemed to increase as the morning wore on, hundreds of volunteers still turned out to place wreaths on gravesites at @arlingtonnatl. The participants included children, JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corp), the elderly and the disabled. It was amazing to see how many people braved the crowds, sloshed through streams of rainwater and mud, and waited patiently in line at the security checkpoints and at the tractor trailers full of boxed wreaths. The stirring sight of hundreds of tombstones adorned with festive wreaths truly compelled all to remember our fallen veterans, honor those who serve, and teach the value of freedom. That's enough to put anyone in the holiday spirit of giving and gratitude!