Event Details

TAPS is inviting all volunteers to honor the fallen and their surviving families by helping Wreaths Across America on their clean-up day.

Saturday, January 20

8:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteers will be picking up the WAA wreaths placed on each grave in December (leaving all other decorations or wreaths in place). There will be several dumpsters placed throughout the cemetery to dispose of the wreaths.

Because of the size of the operation, we won’t be participating as a cohesive group, but we’d like to have a large number of TAPS volunteers show up to help with this important effort.


CLEAN-UP DAY SCHEDULE:

8:00AM: All Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) pedestrian gates open

8:00AM: ANC Welcome Center Parking Lot opens (only vehicles with handicap permits and Permanent ANC Family Gravesite permits will be allowed to park in the Welcome Center. Parking is free until 3:00PM.)

8:30AM: Opening Ceremony- Brief Volunteer Instructional Briefing at McClellan Gate located just off Eisenhower Drive between Section 33 and 12, on McClellan Drive

8:45AM: Wreath clean-up begins


GETTING THERE:

Due to the limited and restricted parking requirements, we encourage volunteers to use the Metro Rail system.

All ANC pedestrian gates will open at 8:00AM. Clockwise from north these gates include:

  • Ord-Weitzel Gate (near the Iwo Jima Memorial and Rosslyn Metro)
  • Main Cemetery and the Welcome Center Gates (nearest Arlington Cemetery Metro)
  • South Maintenance Complex Gate (nearest Pentagon and Pentagon City Metro (PLEASE NOTE: the maintenance gate will close at 2:00PM on Saturday; if you want to exit via the maintenance gate, please make sure you do so before 2:00PM.
  • Fort Myer Old Post Chapel Gate


CLEAN-UP DAY NOTES:

  • Volunteers are asked to pick up ONLY those WAA wreaths placed in December, leaving any other wreaths or decorations in place.

  • There are a limited number of dumpsters available—WAA asks volunteers to please pack the wreaths as tightly as possible in the dumpsters

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