Volunteers Place Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

Wreaths Across America has placed remembrance wreaths on the nearly 245,000 headstones at the national cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Wreaths Across America has placed remembrance wreaths on the nearly 245,000 headstones at the national cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- A huge number of volunteers have been placing wreaths on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery.

WTOP-FM reports the annual event drew a large crowd on Saturday, with more than 245,000 wreaths placed at grave sites.

The Wreaths Across America caravan traveled earlier this month from Columbia Falls, Maine, where the wreaths were made. The caravan went through several states before arriving in Arlington.

The grand marshals are Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon and his wife, Norma Donlon.

The tradition began when Maine wreath maker Morrill Worcester donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington Cemetery. A total of 1.2 million wreaths are being placed on markers across the country in 1,238 locations.

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