Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery

Wreaths Across America


TPGS is volunteering with the American Military University and American Public University community at Wreaths Across America on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. The opening ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m.

This year, Wreaths Across America has set a goal to cover the more than 230,000 markers at the cemetery.


The university’s two trucks (trucks 44 and 45) will be positioned in the cemetery near the junction of Grant Drive, McPherson Drive, and McKinley Drive. Our trucks will be covering portions of sections 17 and 18, which runs adjacent to the Ft Myer Chapel parking lot.

Walking directions from McClellan Gate (location of the opening ceremony) to the truck location is as follows:

  1. From the McClellan Gate walk straight along McClellan Drive.Make a left on Grant Drive
  2. *Note: Grant Drive will intersect with Porter Drive and Bradley Drive. Be sure to continue on Grant Drive.Follow Grant Drive up the hill.
  3. AMU trucks will be positioned near the intersection of Grant Drive and McKinley Drive.

Note, AMU core volunteers will be wearing blue jackets with the AMU logo on the back, as well as bright blue winter hats, so you can identify us on site. AMU and APU volunteers will be provided with a winter hat as a thank you for volunteering at Wreaths Across America.

A basic map of the cemetery is included below. Our truck locations are marked with stars. You can access a more detailed map via the Arlington National Cemetery Explorer tool at the following link:


  • Gates to the cemetery will open at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 12. Please arrive early as crowds build fast, well before the gates open. Those who arrive at the entrances at what they think is “just in time,” often get delayed due to traffic congestion, arrive to empty trucks, and are unable to place a wreath.
  • The opening ceremony will take place at 9:00 a.m. at McClellan Gate located on McClellan Drive between Sections 33 and 12. This ceremony will provide some introductory remarks and basic information for volunteers. After the ceremony, volunteers will move to the trucks located throughout the cemetery where they will participate in the laying of wreaths.
  • Wreath laying begins at 9:30 a.m. We want to remind you that when you place the wreath, you may be the first person to visit that particular grave in years, so we hope you will take time to read the stone and honor the memory of that individual.
  • There are a few additional events taking place at the cemetery throughout the morning, if you would like to attend: At 11:00 a.m. there will be a wreath laying ceremony at President John F. Kennedy’s grave site in Section 45; followed by an 11:30 a.m. wreath laying ceremony at the USS Battleship Maine’s Mast Memorial in Section 24. The final wreath ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 12:00 p.m.


  • Because of the large number of volunteers and lack of adequate parking, volunteers are strongly encouraged to take Metro. There are four Metro stops within a mile of a cemetery gate. In addition to the closest Arlington Cemetery stop (Blue Line), pedestrian accessible gates are a short walk from Rosslyn (Orange Line)/Iwo Jima Memorial and from both Pentagon and Pentagon City stops (Yellow and Blue Lines). Please note, there will likely be large crowds on Metro.
  • THERE IS NO GENERAL PUBLIC PARKING ALLOWED IN THE CEMETERY OR IN THE VISITORS PARKING LOT. Please note that there are two exceptions: handicapped volunteers can park in the Administration Building parking lot (accessible via the Visitors Center lot); and family members with passes can park in the Visitors Center lot.
  • For additional information regarding Metro and parking locations, please visit http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/waa-2014-metro-parking-information/.
  • A basic Metro and parking map is also included below.

Please note that there is also no age requirement to participate in Wreaths Across America and we encourage friends and family to attend.

Please be sure to contact amatheny@tpgs.com / aaron.matheny@yahoo.com with any questions. Additional volunteer information can also be found at the Wreaths Across America website: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/events/to-volunteer-at-arlington/.