Service Members, Volunteers Lay Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Trucks carrying wreaths arrive at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. Thousands of volunteers helped place over 143,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • A family member brought along a former military search dog during the annual Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013.  
 DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Country Western singer Lindsay Lawler, and guitarist Chris Roberts sing  "God Bless America" during the opening ceremony at McClellan Gate, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. Thousands of volunteers helped place over 143,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Service members and volunteers render honors at McClellan Gate, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., at the beginning of the Wreaths Across America event, Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Morrill Worcester, founder and executive director of Wreaths Across America, accompanied by his wife, Karen, addresses thousands of service members and volunteers during the opening ceremony at McClellan Gate, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Service members and volunters hand out wreaths to be placed at grave markers during the Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Volunteers wait in line to receive wreaths to be placed in their designated areas during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Army 2nd Lt. Wesley Dyson lays a wreath at a grave marker during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. Dyson, a platoon leader, is assigned to the West Virginia's Army Reserves 811th Ordnance Company. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Wreaths lay at grave markers along the side of a hill during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • A wreath lays at the grave marker for Wilbur Judson Fisfer during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Helena Gautreau, kneeling and her husband Norman, from Georgetown, Mass., place a wreath at the grave marker of the late president John F. Kennedy during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. Other volunteers place wreaths at the grave marker of Jacqueline Kennedy and children. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • A wreath lays at the grave of the late President John. F. Kennedy, placed there by volunteers during the Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Sgt. Steven Thibodeau, police officer from the town of Scarborough, Maine, renders honors after placing a wreath at the grave marker during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • A section of Arlington National Cemetery, Va., shows a fraction of the 143,000 wreaths placed at the graves of fallen service members during Wreaths Across America, Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • A member of the U.S. Army Honor Guard, 3rd United States Infantry Regiment marches with a wreath to be placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Service members, veterans and volunteers render honors as a member of the U.S. Army Honor Guard, 3rd United States Infantry Regiment, places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • A member of the U.S. Army Honor Guard, 3rd United States Infantry Regiment, marches past the wreaths placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • A section of Arlington National Cemetery, Va., shows a fraction of the 143,000 wreaths placed at the graves of fallen service members during Wreaths Across America, Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • A veteran walks in a section of Arlington National Cemetery, Va., showing a fraction of the 143,000 wreaths placed at the graves of fallen service members during Wreaths Across America, Dec. 14, 2013. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Kevin Haley, Police Officer from Portland, Maine, pauses as he lays a wreath against the headstone of his brother, William Haley, during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. Kevin Haley is an advisory board member of Wreaths Across America, the Maine-based nonprofit that shipped 143,000 wreaths to Arlington. Courtesy photo by Kevin Miller
  • A wreath, flowers and a small Christmas card are placed at the grave marker of Air Force Col. Robert D. Priest during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013.  DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.