Join us on the morning of Saturday, January 20th to help clean up the 244,700 wreaths that were placed in Arlington National Cemetery this December.
We’ll meet just outside the Visitor’s Center to the right, near the shuttle depot.
Be sure to wear warm clothes you don’t mind getting dirty (the wreaths will have been out in the elements for awhile!), bring sturdy gloves and any kind of broom, rake or pole (if you have one) for transporting numerous wreaths.
7 a.m. – Metro rail opens (system-wide)
8 a.m. – Arlington National Cemetery gates open.
8:30 a.m. – Volunteer briefing at McClellan located just off of Eisenhower Drive.
8:45 a.m. – Clean-up begins.
From the Arlington National Cemetery official website:
«Volunteers are asked to pick up ONLY those WAA wreaths placed in December, leaving any other wreaths or decorations in place. There will be several dumpsters placed throughout the cemetery to dispose of the wreaths.
We have a very limited number of dumpsters available so we ask the volunteers to pack the wreaths as tight as possible in the dumpsters and to stay available at least until noon, if possible, to help with any extra wreath disposal needed at locations throughout the cemetery.
We have found it helpful if you bring a stick, pole, rope, rake or something equivalent to support carrying multiple wreaths per dumpster trip. Please dress for the weather and wear gloves and water-proof footwear.»
Look forward to seeing you all for this wonderful service opportunity!