2014 Arlington Clean-Up Details

size0Thank you for your interest in helping with the clean-up of Remembrance Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) on Saturday, January 25, 2014. 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 Welcome 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.

Only vehicles with Permanent ANC Family Gravesite Passes and those with valid Handicap Permits will be allowed to drive into the Cemetery proper.  Vehicles with Handicap Parking Permits will be accommodated in the ANC Administrative Building Parking Lot.  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.

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.

At 0830 there will be a short Volunteer Instructional Briefing at the McClellan Arch Gate located just off Eisenhower Drive between Section 33 and 12, on McClellan Drive.  Wreath clean-up will start at approximately 0845.

imagesVolunteers are asked to pick up ONLY those WAA wreaths placed in December leaving any other wreaths or decorations in place.  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 until 12:00 Noon, 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 carrying multiple wreaths per dumpster trip.  Please dress for the weather and wear gloves and water-proof footwear.

Call To Action

Arlington National Cemetery will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary during 2014.  It is WAA’s goal to cover every grave marker at Arlington this year.  To do this, we will need you and your friends to help us reach our goal by sponsoring a wreath or two.  The cost is only $15 per wreath, a small price to Honor and Remember those who have given us our freedoms through their service and sacrifices.  Just click on the below link which will take you directly to WAA’s Home page web site where you can sponsor a wreath or two by clicking on the Sponsor A Wreath tab at the upper right side of the page and completing the information.  Just type in “Arlington” when asked for your desired cemetery location.

Also, Wreaths Across America (WAA) is now listed in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) program, so if you participate in the CFC program at your work, please consider selecting WAA, Code #66860, when making your selection to contribute.  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


2014 to check on the details of the next Arlington Wreath Project, currently scheduled for Saturday December 13, 2014.

I thank you all for the continued support.

Wayne Hanson

Arlington Wreath Project Coordinator