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Showing posts with label Wreaths Across America. Show all posts
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Arlington National Cemetery: Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier Christmas Wreaths

While at Arlington Cemetery during the "Wreaths Across America" ceremonies, I spent some time at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier.  It's always a sobering experience to watch the changing of the guard and today I also got to observe the placing of the Christmas Wreaths at the tomb.

This is a view I've never seen before, the Tomb from down the steps below.

After the noon Changing of the Guard, they brought out several Vets to assist in placing the Christmas Wreaths. 

Arlington National Cemetery: Wreaths Across America

Today I went to Arlington Cemetery to try to get some shots of the Christmas Wreaths being placed by the "Wreaths Across America" group.  As it turned out, they needed people to help.  I had no idea that I would get to actually get involved in placing the wreaths on the graves!  They had over 100,000 wreaths, which weren't enough to cover the whole cemetery. I ended up meeting up with some friends who were also there and we placed wreaths in various areas around the cemetery and spent some time reading the markers of the servicemen we were honoring.  It was a great, somber day. 

There were several semis around the grounds full of fresh wreaths.
Getting ready to start.
Getting wreaths from the staff.

This was the first grave I placed a wreath on.

Boxer and US Army Tech Sgt., Joe Louis.

Stuart Roosa, Apollo 14 Pilot.