Wreaths Across America 35K Short of Holiday Goal For Arlington Nat’l Cemetery

(Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

(Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (CBSDC) — The graves of some American heroes buried at Arlington National Cemetery may be wreathless this holiday season.

Wreaths Across America Chairman Wayne Hanson says sponsorships are actually up nationally, but are lagging at Arlington, which the organization believes will be 35,000 short of its 135,000-wreath goal.

Volunteers will gather to lay the wreaths on Dec. 14.

“There’s a story behind every one of those stones,” Hanson says. “Some of those people that are buried there have not been visited, don’t have relatives in the area. They haven’t been honored or remembered in decades.”

Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 servicemen and women and their families. Veterans from the Civil War to Iraq, past presidents, and victims of 9/11 are all buried there. Between 27 and 30 funeral services are still performed there each day – adding up to about 7,000 per year.

Visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org to sponsor a wreath. A single wreath costs $15.

WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

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