This is a volunteer event to retrieve/remove the 265,000+ wreaths that we helped place at Arlington National Cemetery on December 15. Thousands of volunteers are needed and you are welcome to be part of our Washington, DC History & Culture team or help out on your own. This event is open to the public and all are welcome including children, families and groups.
Pre-registration, while not required, is appreciated so that we know how many people to expect, and also so that you can receive any event updates via social media and/or email.
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Important Event Details
Weather: The event will take place in cold weather, rain, snow, etc. - all except significant “unsafe” conditions such as a blizzard. If it’s on the calendar, then we’re proceeding as scheduled.
What To Bring: Dress for the winter weather. Any tools or devices such as a lawn rake, pole or rope to help carry more wreaths is helpful but not required (additional details below).
Metro Station: Arlington Cemetery.
Parking: Recommend taking the Metro or park off-site and walk in (additional details below).
Tentative Schedule: The entrance gates and security screening opens at 8:00 am with the wreath clean-up/retrieval starting at approximately 8:30.
How Long Will It Take: Not sure exactly as it depends on the number of volunteers that show up. Everyone is free to arrive and depart whenever they like.
Tips for Participating in “Wreaths Out” at Arlington National Cemetery
Thank you for your interest in volunteering during the “Wreaths Out” ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Here are a few tips to help you while you are on the grounds at our Nation’s Most Hallowed Shrine.
Be mindful these are hallowed grounds. Please be respectful of all graves, turf, monuments, and headstones as well as other volunteers.
Help us and pick up trash or debris and place in appropriate containers.
Give vehicles and heavy equipment the right of way and let them pass in roadways. Respectfully, follow instructions from government employees to have a safe experience while placing wreaths in the dumpsters
Remove only WAA wreaths. Leave all other wreaths or decorations in place.
Place wreaths in dumpsters positioned throughout the cemetery and pack them tightly.
When dumpsters are filled, do not pile wreaths next to them. Carry wreaths to unfilled dumpsters.
Refrain from jumping or climbing on wreaths in dumpsters to compress them.
Please dress for the weather and bring water to stay hydrated during the event.
To protect your hands, recommend bringing gloves and other equipment (pole/rope) to safely carry wreaths to dumpsters.
Parking Tips for “Wreaths Out” at Arlington National Cemetery
Thank you for your interest in volunteering during the “Wreaths Out” Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Please follow the following parking requirements for a safe event.
The Arlington National Cemetery parking garage opens at 7:00 a.m. for Family Pass holders and Handicap Placards ONLY on a first-come, first-served basis.
Volunteers who park in the Arlington National Cemetery garage must remain in their vehicles until 8:00 a.m. when the cemetery opens to the general public.
There is no charge for garage parking from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon.
Vehicles remaining after 12:00 Noon will incur the normal parking fee.
No vehicles will be permitted on ANC grounds until 3:00 p.m.
Cemetery gates will open at 8:00 a.m.
Authorized pedestrian entrances are Memorial Avenue (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.); Ord and Weitzel Gate (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.); Old Post Chapel Gate (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), and South Gate (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.).
Uber, Lyft and Taxi drivers utilizing Memorial Avenue MUST drop off adjacent to the northern escalators of the Arlington Metro stop and then proceed to RTE 110 in order for traffic to flow.
Wreaths Across America has coordinated for available public parking at the Pentagon South Parking lot.
We highly encourage Metro use - please plan to use Rosslyn, Pentagon, Pentagon City and Arlington Cemetery stops and walk to the nearest cemetery pedestrian entrance
This program is sponsored by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture:
“bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.”
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