2013 ANC Clean Up Details

Retrieving The Wreaths Every Bit As Important As Placing Them

Wayne_HansonThank you for your interest in helping with the clean-up of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) on Saturday, January 26, 2013. There is no rain/snow date alternative.

The ANC Welcome Center Parking Lot will open at 0700 and will have free parking until 1:00pm.  We encourage the use of Metro if possible.  ANC Pedestrian gates will open at 0800. Clockwise from north these gates include the Ord-Weitzel gate (near the Iwo Jima Memorial and Rosslyn Metro), the main cemetery and the Visitors Center gates (nearest Arlington Cemetery Metro), the south Maintenance Complex gate (nearest Pentagon and Pentagon City Metro), the South Gate next to the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall main gate, and the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel gate.

Parking within the Cemetery is restricted to those vehicles with ANC Family Passes and those with valid Handicap Permits.  All Vehicles with ANC Family Passes and Handicap Permits arriving before the cemetery’s opening at 0800 will be required to enter and park at the Welcome Center Parking Lot Upper Level.  Once the Cemetery opens at 0800, the early arrivals will then be allowed to enter the Cemetery proper via the gate adjacent to the parking lot and be directed to park along Patton Drive.  Those with Handicap Permits will again be allowed to park in the Administrative/Employee Parking Lot.

This is a family oriented event and we encourage families of all ages to participate.

There is no formal sign-up or registration required.  Just show up at the designated time and place.

There will be a short Volunteer Briefing at the Memorial Amphitheater at 0845 with wreath clean-up starting at approximately 0900.  Volunteers are asked to pick up ONLY those WAA wreaths placed in December leaving any other wreaths or decorations alone.  There will be several dumpsters placed throughout the cemetery to dispose of the wreaths.  We have a very limited number of dumpsters available so we ask the volunteers to pack the wreaths as tight as possible in the dumpsters and to stay available at least to 12:00, longer if possible, to help with any extra wreath disposal needed as some dumpsters will be emptied and brought back to locations to be refilled.

We have found it helpful if you bring a stick, pole, rope, rake or something equivalent to support carring multiple wreaths per dumpster trip.  Please dress for the weather and wear gloves and water-proof footwear.

Keep checking on the Wreaths Across America web page at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and on the Arlington Wreath’s facebook pages at www.facebook.com/ArlingtonWreaths and www.facebook.com/WAAHQ  throughout 2013 to check on the details of the next Arlington Wreath Project, currently scheduled for Saturday December 14, 2013.

I thank you all for the continued support.

Wayne Hanson
Arlington Wreath Project Coordinator