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Thousands of volunteers put a wreath on every grave at Arlington National Cemetery

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Now in its 26th year, the group Wreaths Across America spends all year to make sure they have enough wreaths to cover every grave at Arlington National Cemetery and for other fallen soldiers around the country.


Wreaths Across America is a small nonprofit with a total of 19 employees, but it raises more than $10 million each year to put wreaths on hundreds of thousands of graves to honor veterans.

The tradition began when Maine wreathmaker Morrill Worcester donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. This year, there will be more than 200,000 of them placed at Arlington alone. A total of 1.2 million wreaths will be placed on markers across the country in 1,238 locations.

Here are some images from the past few years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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