Wreaths Across America is a holiday where people remember those who have fallen for their country. It is a day to remember all of the patriots who have unselfishly given their lives for the sake of a happy future for others.
Morrill Wooster, the owner of a wreath-making company, discovered in 1992 that his company had produced more wreaths than were needed. With the holiday season in full swing, Wooster had an idea. Two years before, he had visited Arlington Cemetery and been impressed by the sight of all of the war veterans buried there. So Wooster decided to visit again, but this time to explore the outskirts of the cemetery.
Wooster recruited volunteers to help carry the wreaths and then approached each grave, standing over it and mentally thanking the deceased person. Since 2007, Wreaths Across America has been celebrated in all 50 states. Every year, people go to their nearest cemetery and lay wreaths as a way of saying thank you to the brave men and women who fought for freedom.
Things to know about Arlington National Cemetery:
- It was founded in 1865 for the burial of soldiers who participated in the Civil War. The site itself was formerly owned by General Robert E. Lee.
- Here, it is forbidden to bury criminals that served life sentences or were sentenced to death.
- Received two US presidents, William Taft and John F. Kennedy, into their chambers.
- Has 400,000 graves.
- In 2025, it is planned to stop burials there.
How to take part
Honor the heroes at Wreaths Across America and visit the nearest cemetery to lay wreaths. Organize a quiet evening in the family circle and remember all those who stood up for the United States. Watch war films or immerse yourself in history.
When is National Wreaths Across America Day celebrated in 2023?
National Wreaths Across America Day is observed on the third Saturday of December each year.