(Arlington, VA) -- More than 100-thousand Christmas wreaths now decorate the grave sites of the fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, just outside of Washington, DC. This man was one of the 25-thousand volunteers who took part in the annual Wreaths Across America event Saturday to help with the task.
A spokeswoman for the non-profit group that stages the event says the tradition began in 1992 when the owners of a Maine company placed their leftover wreaths on Arlington graves to honor those who had served. Patriot Guard Riders escort the wreath trucks down the East Coast, stopping along the way to promote the group's mission to "Remember, Honor and Teach."
Melanie Adams, who lost her son a year and a half ago in Afghanistan, says she volunteers for him.
Betty Edwards says placing wreaths each year helps honor her father, who was a Purple Heart recipient.