Volunteer at Arlington


To participate at Arlington National Cemetery:

Click here for directions for the Metro, Parking, or Maps of the Cemetery.

Thank you for your interest in helping with the placement of Remembrance Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 17, 2016.  We are working with the cemetery officials to obtain the final details for this year’s event.

Thank you for your interest in helping with the placement of Remembrance Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 17, 2016.  We will be working with the cemetery officials to obtain the details for this year’s event. When we finalize them we will be putting the details 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 so please check out the “Event” tab on these links later in the year for all the details.

There is no other sign-up or registration required.  However, if you are interested in the latest updates and notifications about the wreath-laying events at Arlington we encourage you to sign up for our Arlington updates e-mail list at https://tinyletter.com/WreathsForArlington.

There is no age limit to volunteer.  We encourage families to come and share the experience.  Due to the potentially high number of volunteers that may be present, for safety reasons and concerns, ANC officials have advised that the gates into Arlington Cemetery and the Welcome Center Parking Garage will be opened to the public at 8:00am.  Wreath placement will begin at approximately 10:00am after a brief Opening Ceremony at the McClellan Arch Gate located just off Eisenhower Drive.

Again for the safety of all involved, parking at the ANC Welcome Center Main Gate Parking Facility will be very restrictedNo private vehicles will be allowed to enter the Cemetery grounds until after 3:00pm on Wreath Day.  There will be no General Public parking at the Welcome Center until after 1:00pm on Wreath Day.  There will be Bus parking available in the Welcome Center garage for 33 buses.  Due to the limited and restricted parking requirements, we encourage volunteers to use the Metro Rail system.

ANC officials have also advised that the ANC Welcome Center parking garage will only be for individuals with an authorized ANC Family Pass and vehicles with valid Handicap Permits which will later be directed out into the Cemetery itself through the Administration Building gate to park in the Administrative Parking lot adjacent to Section 54. Section 54 is a flatter more level section of grave sites within the cemetery more suited for individuals with mobility restrictions.  We encourage individual volunteers who have mobility limitations to gather at Section 54 to help place wreaths.

There will be in excess of 60 semi-tractor trucks loaded with wreaths and thousands of volunteers located throughout the cemetery which prohibits shuttle vehicle traffic within the cemetery grounds on Wreath Day.

I hope this information is helpful and is responsive to your immediate concerns.  Please continue to check on the mentioned web sites for the most up-to-date information.

In the meantime, you and your friends can also help us to Remember and Honor our veterans buried at Arlington by going to the web sites mentioned and 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 with their sacrifices.  Remember, WAA receives no government funds and must rely on donations and wreath sponsorships to carry out its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.

There is no other sign-up or registration required. Just show up at the designated time and place.  There is also no age limit to participate.  We encourage families to come together.

While we continue to work with the Arlington Cemetery officials on specific details, for now here is some information you can use for your planning purposes:

Schedule for Saturday 17th, Dec 2016

700Metro rail opens (system-wide)

800Arlington National Cemetery Gates open (Visitor Parking Garage opens at 8am for ANC Family Pass and Handicap Pass ONLY)

0815-0830 (approx)Wreaths Across America Truck Convoy arrives Arlington Cemetery Main Gate

900Wreaths Across America Opening Ceremony (McClellan Arch)

945Wreath laying begins across cemetery

1000Columbarium Ceremony

1100Wreath laying ceremony at President Kennedy’s grave

1130Wreath laying ceremony at USS Maine Mast

1200Wreath laying ceremony at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

To volunteer to place wreaths at Arlington, please join us at the McClellan Arch located on McClellan Drive between Sections 33 and 12 on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. for the Opening Ceremony.  The public will be allowed entry to the cemetery at 8:00 a.m.  The ceremony will provide some introductory remarks and a short briefing to provide basic information to volunteers. After the ceremony, volunteers will move to the trucks located throughout the cemetery where they will participate in the laying of wreaths on headstones beginning at 9:30 a.m. We want to remind you that when you place the wreath, you may be the first person to visit that particular grave in years, so we hope you will take time to read the stone and honor the memory of that hero.  Our theme for this year is “Cemeteries are for the living.  Every stone has a story.”

Click here for a schedule of events and parking info

If you wish to attend, at 11:00 a.m. there will be a wreath laying ceremony at President John F.  Kennedy’s grave site in Section 45; followed by an 11:30 a.m. wreath laying ceremony at the USS Battleship Maine’s Mast Memorial in Section 24. The final wreath ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at 12 Noon.

We highly encourage Metro use as parking within the cemetery itself will be very restricted. While the Arlington Cemetery Station on the Blue Line stops at the cemetery entrance, you can also access various parts of the Cemetery from the Rosslyn, Pentagon, and Pentagon City stops via only a short walk. To support our Metro traveling volunteers, we will have multiple gates open to provide pedestrian access to the Cemetery. In addition, we hope to have parking spaces at the Pentagon, Navy Annex, and Fort Myer.

Click here for a schedule of events, metro and parking info

Parking at the ANC Welcome Center Parking Facility will be very restricted. No private vehicles will be allowed to enter the Cemetery grounds until after 3:00pm on Wreath Day.  ANC officials have advised they plan to open the parking garage at 8:00am only to individuals with an authorized ANC Family Pass. Also, they will allow visiting buses to park in the garage. Once the bus section is full they we will direct the buses to an additional parking area.  Vehicles with valid Handicap Permits will also be allowed to enter the Parking Facility starting at 8:00am, and will be later directed out into the Cemetery itself through the Administration Building gate to park in the Administrative Parking lot.There will be no General Public parking at the Welcome Center until after 1:00pm on Wreath Day.

A CALL TO ACTION

Remember, WAA receives no government funds for what they do.  WAA must rely on donations and sponsorships to complete its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.  We need you and your friends to help us reach our goal to cover all of the graves at Arlington.  The cost is only $15 per wreath, a small price to honor and remember those who have given us our freedoms with their sacrifices.  You can click on the below link which will take you directly to WAA’s Arlington Cemetery web site where you can sponsor a wreath or two by clicking on the red sponsor tab under the word “Sponsor a Wreath For Arlington” on the left side of the page and completing the information.

It’s not too late to sponsor a wreath for Arlington!

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, CFC Code #66860, when making your selection to contribute.

As for being able to place a wreath on a specific grave site of a friend or loved one; we expect in excess of 15,000 volunteers on the 17th and it would be impossible to “save” a particular grave site for a person to place a wreath. My best suggestion would be for you to bring a friend or relative with you to Arlington on the 12th and arrive early so you can enter the gates starting at 8:00am when the Cemetery will be open to the Public to enter. Then have your friend or relative go directly to your friend’s or loved one’s grave site to stand by the site while you go to the closest wreath truck location to await receiving a wreath which will begin at about 9:30am. Then should another volunteer come up to place a wreath on that site, the person standing by the site could request the volunteer to move to another grave as you are bringing a wreath for that site. That’s the best we can do.

Keep looking to our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/ArlingtonWreaths and website www.wreathsacrossamerica.org for more details, driving directions, etc. later.

Again I thank you for your interest and support.

Wayne Hanson

Arlington Wreath Project Coordinator

Clean up volunteers are always needed too. Clean up at Arlington National Cemetery will take place on Saturday January 23, 2016. For more information contact Mr. Wayne Hanson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at driftabit@aol.com.

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

Thank You!

- See more at: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/events/to-volunteer-at-arlington/#sthash.s2vicRIY.dpuf