70,000 attend Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery

Wreaths Across AmericaI’ve often attended “Wreaths Across America” at Arlington National Cemetery. It’s just nice to see good people helping out. I wish that was on the TV news instead of who killed who.

Wreaths Across AmericaWith 70 degree weather expected in mid-December versus snow two years ago, I knew this wreath laying would draw a big crowd. And 70,000 filled every corner of the cemetery versus 50,000 last year and 20,000 some years. Many 18-wheelers were emptied in less than 30 minutes. Folks chipped in wherever needed. Within 2 1/2 hours, the cemetery saw more than 250,000 wreaths distributed.

Wreaths Across AmericaMy wife and I walked about six miles — from the back wall where my grand uncle Fallas Broche is four rows from the edge to the front wall where my Uncle Charlie and Aunt Delores Portale rest. So, we saw pretty much the entire grounds and the wave of pride.

The wreaths will remain until mid-January at Arlington and another 1,000 veteran cemeteries nationwide. Find time this holiday season to visit.


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Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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