Christmas at Arlington Cemetery
Netlore Archive: Emailed images show Christmas wreaths adorning the headstones of every fallen soldier interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Circulating since: Dec. 2005
Email contributed by Ernie L., Jan. 9, 2006:
Subject: Christmas at Arlington
Analysis: These images are authentic and came from from a December 19, 2005 article published on Air Force Link, the official online news service of the U.S. Air Force. Snapped by Air Force photographer Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi, the pictures document the 14th annual Christmas wreath laying event at Arlington National Cemetery.
The tradition was started in 1992 by Morrill Worcester, owner of the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine. That year he brought thousands of surplus wreaths and a group of volunteers who helped him decorate the gravesites of America's fallen soldiers. Since then it has become an annual event and was expanded in 2006 with the assistance of the Civil Air Patrol to include all of the 230 state and national cemeteries and veterans' monuments throughout the U.S.
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Sources and further reading:
Airmen, Civilians Lay Wreaths at Arlington
Air Force Print News, 19 December 2005
Arlington National Cemetery: Christmas Wreath Layings
From Arlington National Cemetery official website
Arlington National Cemetery
Unofficial website dedicated to Arlington National Cemetery
Last updated: 11/01/06