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5,517 Wreaths Sponsored

REMEMBER the fallen… HONOR those who serve… TEACH our children the value of freedom.

Welcome to the Arlington National Cemetery Wreath’s Across America location page.

We are committed to ensuring the safety of our community and,Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) and Wreaths Across America (WAA), along with our partners the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW) and the 3rd U.S. Infantry, “The Old Guard” (TOG), will safely lay and recover approximately 267,000 wreaths to honor our nation’s heroes and their family members this December.

These wreaths symbolize a commitment to Remember and Honor our nation’s veterans through the laying of wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each veteran aloud.

As one of the largest national cemeteries in the United States, our goal of covering every veteran’s grave with a wreath is lofty and requires a team of dedicated volunteers. Please read more about how you can volunteer and contribute to the Wreaths Across America effort at Arlington National Cemetery:

1. Sponsor a wreath: Please help our location lay 267,000 veterans’ wreaths by clicking the “Sponsor” button at the top of this page.

2. Volunteer to lay wreaths, NOTE: Family pass holders of those interred at ANC and Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home Cemetery will be able to lay wreaths in person at designated times. Members of the general public can take part in this year’s National Wreath Day in a virtual setting.

3. Invite friends and family: Invite your friends and family to support the mission by clicking on "Invite" button below.

4. Become a Key Volunteer: Commit to organizing and leading a team and other public volunteers on Wreaths Across America Day by emailing awpvols@wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Here is an opportunity to show your support of the WAA mission with the 2020 Arlington Volunteer Shirt campaign. With every purchase of a volunteer shirt a wreath will be sponsored to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery.  

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/2020-volunteer-campaign-arlington-national-cemetery 

Thank you for supporting Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery!

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Click "Sponsor Wreaths" to sponsor a wreath and help us reach our goal of honoring every veteran at the cemetery.

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Click here if you would like to participate in the wreath laying ceremony on Wreaths Day at the cemetery.

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Personal Message
by Patricia B. for Elizebeth Smith Friedman, Born 01/01/92, Passed On 01/01/80, Honored by Arlington National Cemetery

— Elizebeth Smith Friedman was one of the leading cryptologists of the 20th century — and one of the first women employed as a U.S. government codebreaker. After graduating from Hillsdale College with a degree in English literature, she was working at the Newberry Research Library in Chicago when she was recruited to work at Riverbank, a private think tank that served as the U.S. government's unofficial cryptologic laboratory during World War I. At Riverbank, she met her husband, William F. Friedman, also known for his work in cryptology. During the 1920s through 1940s, she worked for numerous U.S. government agencies, including the Treasury Department, where she cracked the codes of international alcohol and drug smugglers' messages during Prohibition. In the 1950s, she applied her cryptanalytic skills to the work of William Shakespeare, authoring the award-winning book "The Shakespeare Ciphers Examined." Elizebeth and William Friedman are buried together; their epitaph states, "Knowledge is power." “The GFWC Kanawha Woman’s Club participated in the Wreaths Across America in 2021 honoring Elizebeth Smith Friedman in recognition of her superb codebreaking skills for the U.S. Government.”
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by Patricia B. for Grace Hopper, Navy, Rear Admiral, Born 12/09/06, Passed On 01/01/92, Honored by Arlington National Cemetery

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was a mathematician and a pioneer in computer science. At a time when few women pursued science or engineering degrees, Hopper earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University in 1934. She was a professor of mathematics at Vassar College (her undergraduate alma mater) until 1943, when she joined the U.S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant. Assigned to the Bureau of Ships Computation Project at Harvard University, Hopper worked on Mark I, the first large-scale automatic calculator (a precursor of the computer). After the war, she remained at the Harvard Computation Lab for four years as a research fellow. In 1949, she joined the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation, where she helped to develop the UNIVAC I, the first general-purpose electronic computer. Throughout her postwar career in academia and private industry, Hopper retained her naval commission. From 1967 to 1977, she directed the Navy Programming Languages Group in the Navy's Office of Information System Planning. When Rear Adm. Hopper retired from the Navy in 1986 at the age of 79, she was the oldest officer on active U.S. naval duty. “The GFWC Kanawha Woman’s Club participated in the Wreaths Across America in 2021 honoring Grace Hopper, U. S. Navy, in appreciation of her distinguished military career
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Ceremony Details

Location Information

Arlington National Cemetery (ARLING)
Arlington National Cemetery
Memorial Dr
Fort Myer, VA 22211

255,112
0
5,517

December 18 at 12:00 pm, 2021

Renee W.,Wayne H.

Directions to Cemetery

Navigation systems do an adequate job finding the cemetery. When you arrive, please follow the people and signs to the site of the ceremony itself.

Note: Memorial Drive will be closed to motorists. No personal vehicles will be allowed into the cemetery. ONLY family pass holders and those with handicapped placards will be allowed to park in the ANC Welcome Center parking garage. 



Parking Instructions

Use Metro to Access the Cemetery

Due to anticipated congestion at the Arlington Cemetery Station, Metro recommends volunteers exit via the Rosslyn or Pentagon stations and walk to the cemetery. From these locations it is a short 15-minute walk to one of the cemetery entrances. If exiting at Rosslyn, you must enter the cemetery via the Ord & Weitzel gate by walking along the North Meade Street sidewalks. If exiting at the Pentagon, you must enter through the cemetery’s South Gate entrance. 


Pentagon Parking  

Limited general public parking will be available at the Pentagon North and South Parking lots. There will be Wreaths Across America volunteers and signage positioned in the parking lots guiding visitors to walk to the nearest cemetery entrances. For those parking in Pentagon South Parking, recommend walking to the cemetery’s South Gate entrance for screening and entry to the grounds. For those parking in Pentagon North Parking, recommend walking to the cemetery’s main entrance on Memorial Ave. by using the Route 27 pedestrian walkway. 


Family Pass Holders/Handicapped Placards

ONLY family pass holders and those with handicapped placards will be allowed to park in the ANC Welcome Center parking garage. 


Ride Share Drop-off Locations

For those volunteers who plan to arrive via a ride share (i.e. Uber, Lyft), the drop off location is the Hayes lot (599-549 Army Navy Drive). From this point, volunteers will need to walk to the cemetery’s South Gate entrance. 


 



Ceremony and Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in helping at Arlington this December 19th. However, Covid-19 has made us make some major decisions regarding the details of this year's details. 

We are committed to ensuring the safety of our community and,Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) and Wreaths Across America (WAA), along with our partners the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW) and the 3rd U.S. Infantry, “The Old Guard” (TOG), will safely lay and recover approximately 267,000 wreaths to honor our nation’s heroes and their family members this December.

Family pass holders of those interred at ANC and Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home Cemetery will be able to lay wreaths in person at designated times. Members of the general public can take part in this year’s National Wreath Day in a virtual setting.

Local Groups Supporting Us

Arkansas Run for the Fallen (AR0007P)

Welcome to Arkansas Run for the Fallen's efforts to support Wreaths across America! Our location fundraising group is proud to support Arkansas Veteran Cemeteries, including Little Rock National Cemetery, Fayetteville National Cemetery, the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at Birdeye and to help honor and remember as many veterans as possible. Please click "View" to learn more about our effort and then click "Volunteer" to join us for the wreath laying ceremony planned for Little Rock National Cemetery on December 18, 2021. Thank you so much!

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Honor Wreaths For Veterans

Welcome to Honor Wreaths For Veterans! Our location fundraising group is proud to support 11 cemeteries (9 National and 2 City Cemeteries) and to help honor and remember as many veterans as possible. Please click "View" to learn more about our effort and then click "Volunteer" to join us for the wreath laying ceremony planned for December 18 at 12:00 pm, 2021. Thank you so much!

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