"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten"~Kipling

Since our earliest days, scribes have painstakingly preserved the actions, proclamations, and discoveries of humankind in the hope of providing some semblance of record from which future generations could learn and gain insight.

It seems every veteran we have the pleasure of meeting enforces the importance of that documentation and gives the same thoughtful and cautionary advice that shapes the foundation of our mission to remember, honor, and teach. That advice is never to forget our history and to share that knowledge with younger generations, so they understand the sacrifices made to protect our values and freedoms.

At Wreaths Across America, we know every stone tells a story, and some of those stories will come to life on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 17, 2016, as we Say Their Names.

We encourage your involvement in our Inaugural Living History Project, and we're signing up volunteers to dress in period attire from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2016. You will need to provide your authentic attire and will be assigned to a particular location within or around Arlington National Cemetery. The Living History Project is a perfect opportunity for historical reenactment groups or organizations to get involved in the Wreaths Across America mission.

While “on-duty” you will greet the volunteers distributing wreaths and other visitors with a silent acknowledgment (salute, nod, bow or curtsy). If engaged by visitors, you’ll be free to explain your portrayal and encourage them to learn more about the people and places who contributed to our nation's history.

You will be making history with the inauguration of Wreaths Across America’s Living History Project and your contribution will immeasurably enhance a memorable event for all who attend.

***(Security requirements strictly prohibit the use of any weapons (actual, imitation, replica, handmade, 3D, etc. ) or flags as part of your period attire or exhibit)***

Volunteer signup is here. If you can't volunteer in Arlington but would still like to participate in our Living History Project, we may be able to place you in one of our other participating cemetery locations throughout the country.




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