100,000 wreaths will be placed Saturday on Arlington tombstones

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Volunteers will lay wreaths on more than 100,000 headstones at Arlington Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America on Sunday. (Photo: Wreaths Across America) Volunteers will lay wreaths on more than 100,000 headstones at Arlington Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America on Sunday. (Photo: Wreaths Across America)

On Saturday, volunteers will honor fallen veterans when they place a record number of wreaths on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.

A convoy of 25,000 volunteers with Wreaths Across America left Maine last week carrying truckloads of greenery bound for Virginia. The group, which includes veterans and families of lost soldiers, stopped along the way at schools and veterans’ homes in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland to share the group’s mission of Remember, Honor and Teach.

Trucks are expected to arrive at the Arlington Saturday morning 8:45 am. Along with the 100,000 wreaths that will decorate tombstones throughout the cemetery, a special ceremony will mark the wreaths placed at the grave of President John F. Kennedy, the USS Maine Mast and the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.

This is the organization’s 22nd year remembering veterans during the holiday season.

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