Service Members, Volunteers, Pay Honor to Our Fallen, Lay Wreaths at Arlington

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Trucks carrying wreaths arrive at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Thousands of volunteers helped place 110,000 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 the apatheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Thousands of volunteers helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Morrill Worcester and his wife Karen, founder and executive director, Wreaths Across America, addresses thousands of service members and volunteers during the opening ceremony before presenting Mary Byers, president of the Gold Star Mothers, with the "Millionth", wreath at the apatheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza
  • Morrill Worcester and his wife Karen, founder and executive director, Wreaths Across America, addresses thousands of service members and volunteers during the opening ceremony and presents Mary Byers, president of the Gold Star Mothers, with the "Millionth", wreath at the apatheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Thousands of volunteers helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Mary Byers, president of the Gold Star Mothers, holds the, "Millionth", wreath that will be laid today at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Thousands of volunteers helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Country Western singer Lindsay Lawler, and Guitarist Chris Roberts, sing, God Bless America at the closing of the Opening Ceremony at the apatheater, Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Thousands of volunteers helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Air Force service members hand out wreaths to volunteers during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. 
 U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza
  • Volunteers unload a truck full of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Thousands of volunteers helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Air Force service members carry wreaths during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Air Force Airman First Class Colton Burnett carries wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Colton is assigned to the 11th Civil Engineering Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Thousands of other volunteers helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • A wreath lays at the grave marker for James Mussel White at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Volunteers carry wreaths to their designated areas during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Thousands of volunteers helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event.
 U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza
  • Air Force service members carry wreaths during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets render honors after laying wreaths during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Micheal A. Cornelio pays respect after placing a wreath at the grave marker during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Cornelio is assigned to Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion, Fort Meade, Md. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Paulette Thibodeau, kneeling, places a wreath at the grave marker of Jacqueline Kennedy, while Sheila Thibodeau and a Portland, Maine police officer watch during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Another Portland, Maine police officer, left, places a wreath at the grave marker of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Maine Governor Paul LePage, left, and his wife, Ann, place a wreath at the USS Maine Mast during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. Law enforcement members accompanied the governor for the ceremony. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • A member of the U.S. Army Honor Guard, 3d United States Infantry Regiment, carries a wreath donated by Wreaths Across America at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • A member of the U.S. Army Honor Guard, 3d United States Infantry Regiment places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • A veteran and a member of the U.S. Army Honor Guard, 3d United States Infantry Regiment, place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Service members, veteran and members of the U.S. Army Honor Guard, 3d United States Infantry Regiment render honors after placing wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • A wreath, flowers and a small Christmas Tree are placed at the grave marker of Army Sgt. 1st Class Carlos M. Santos-Silva during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 15, 2012. DOD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • A section of Arlington National Cemetery, Va., shows a fraction of the 110,000 wreaths placed at the graves of fallen service members during Wreaths Across America, Dec. 15, 2012. DOD photo by EJ Hersom