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Wreaths Across America Day

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Trucks carrying remembrance wreaths arrive at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Thousands of volunteers helped place more than 700,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • One of several trucks carrying more than 700, 000 wreaths arrive in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014, for the annual Wreaths Across America event. Morrill and Karen Worcester cofounded the non-profit organization in 2007 to help honor fallen service members. U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza
  • A volunteer waves an America flag while riding inside one of several trucks carrying more than 700,000 wreaths arrive in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014, for the annual Wreaths Across America event. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
  • Air Force Junior ROTC cadets carry a wreath to be placed at a grave marker during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
  • Lt. Robert A. McCurdy, Baltimore City Fire Department, plays the bagpipes during the annual Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
  • Country and Western singer Lindsay Lawler, right, and guitarist Chris Roberts sing "God Bless America" during the opening ceremony for the annual Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2014. Thousands of volunteers helped place over 700,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Service members and volunteers render honors during a ceremony on Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014.  DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Morrill Worcester, founder and executive director of Wreaths Across America, accompanied by his wife, Karen, addresses thousands of service members and volunteers in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses service members and volunteers during the opening ceremony on Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Battaglia read a letter co-written with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanking Wreaths Across America cofounders Morill and Karen Worcester for their support of fallen service members. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, right, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presents Morrill Worcester, left, founder and executive director of Wreaths Across America, and his grandson Miles Worcester with a present during the opening ceremony on Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Battaglia read a letter co-written with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanking Wreaths Across America cofounders Morill and Karen Worcester for their support of fallen service members. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
  • Presidential helicopters perform a flyby during the Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, center left, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with a volunteer, and his wife, Lisa, left, talks to Gold Star mother, Janice Chance after the opening ceremony of Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Chance's son, Marine Corps Capt. Jesse Milton III, was serving with the 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Infantry Division, Okinawa, Japan, and deployed to Afghanistan when he was killed in action. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
  • Volunteers prepare to unload a truck of wreaths on Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Thousands of volunteers helped place about 700,000 remembrance wreaths at the graves of fallen service members as part of the annual event. U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza
  • Morrill Worcester, founder and executive director of Wreaths Across America, helps his grandsons Jonah Lee, Abraham Lee, and Miles Worcester, wearing the red cap, to lay a wreath on a grave marker on Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Lisa, carry wreaths to be placed at the Columbarium during Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Lisa, place wreaths at the Columbarium during Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Lisa, pause for a moment of silence after placing wreaths at the Columbarium during Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes
  • A volunteer takes a photograph after placing a wreath at a grave marker during Wreaths Across America in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
  • An Air Force volunteer renders honors after placing a wreath at a grave marker during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza
  • Air Force Airman 1st Class Dishon Colston recieves wreaths from a volunter to be placed at grave markers during the Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Colston is assigned to the 436th Aerial Port Squadron on Dover Air Force Base, Del. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Air Force Airman 1st Class Dishon Colston, left, and Senior Airman Briana Price lay wreaths at grave markers during the Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Colston and Price are assigned to the 436th Aerial Port Squadron on Dover Air Force Base, Del. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • An Air Force technical sergeant walks toward a section to place the wreaths he received at grave markers during the Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Richard F. Mercanti lays a wreath at a grave marker during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • From left to right; Ann and Ken Johnson, Sue Gorham, William Haley, Emily and Kevin Haley, a police officer from Portland, Maine, pause after placing wreatha at the grave markers of the late president John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy and children during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Karen and John Mooreshead place a wreath at the grave marker of the late Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014.  DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Sgt. Steven Thibodeau, left, a police officer from the town of Scarborough, Maine, and Kevin Haley, a police officer from Portland, Maine, render honors after placing a wreath at the grave marker of Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Service members and volunteers share a moments of silence after wreaths had been placed at the grave markers of the late president John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, during the Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza
  • Remembrance wreaths adorn the graves of fallen service members across Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Volunteers placed about 700,000 wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
  • Maine Governor Paul LePage, foreground, and his wife, Ann, place a wreath at the USS Maine Mast during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Ann LePage, second from left, wife of Maine Governor Paul LePage, watches as a soldier assigned to the U.S. Army Honor Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) marches with a wreath to be placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Ann LePage, center, wife of Maine Governor Paul LePage, service members, veterans and volunteers render honors after a member of the U.S. Army Honor Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (Old Guard), placed wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 14, 2013. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Kevin Haley, a police officer from Portland, Maine, lays a wreath against the headstone of his brother, William Haley, during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Kevin Haley is an advisory board member of Wreaths Across America, the Maine-based nonprofit that shipped 700,000 wreaths to Arlington. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Morrill Worcester, founder and executive director of Wreaths Across America, reflects for a moment after placing the two-millionth wreath by the headstone of U.S. Army Pvt. William Henry Christman during the Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Christman was the first soldier to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. U.S. Army photo by Alfredo Barraza
  • Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Glenn Hunzeker walks in a section of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., showing a fraction of the 700,000 wreaths placed at the graves of fallen service members during Wreaths Across America, Dec. 13, 2014. Hunzeker is a cryptologic technician networks specialist assigned to the Navy Information Operation Command, Fort Meade, Md. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • A wreath, decorated with flowers and small Christmas ornaments, is placed at a grave marker during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.
  • Yolando Mercado, a Gold and Blue Star mother takes a photograph after placing a wreath at the grave marker of Army Staff Sergeant Justin K. Adams, who was killed in action in Iraq, on July 21, 2012, for Adams mother who is sick and couldn't attend this years Wreaths Across America in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Yolando lost her son, Army Pfc. Jalfred David Vaquerano while serving in Afghanistan on Dec. 13, 2011. DoD photo by Sebastian Sciotti Jr.