Nonprofit reaches goal to place wreaths at Arlington

WASHINGTON — The charity organization that honors fallen veterans has raised enough money to place wreaths at gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery.

Wreaths Across America announced Wednesday it has reached its goal to place about 245,000 wreaths in the cemetery “thanks to an outpouring of support.” Earlier this week, the organization had said it was about 10,000 wreaths short of its goal.

The wreath-laying ceremony first began in 1992. The nonprofit group raises funds — $15 per wreath — and coordinates with volunteers to place the wreaths on headstones.

Wreaths will be laid at more than 1,200 other locations across the U.S. on Saturday.

The organization said it’s expecting about 50,000 volunteers to help place the wreaths at Arlington.

People who are interested in volunteering can sign up on the organization’s website.

Volunteers will begin laying the wreaths around 7 a.m. Saturday.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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