When is National Wreaths Across America Day?
The third Saturday in December is National Wreaths Across America Day.
What is National Wreaths Across America Day?
Our nation’s soldiers bought our freedom with their blood and their lives. On National Wreaths Across America Day, we pay homage to that sacrifice by laying wreaths on the graves of all military veterans.
Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at cemeteries throughout the U.S., including Arlington National Cemetery, as well as observances at sea and abroad. People across the nation take this day to acknowledge the valuable service of our active military and living veterans. Many people also use National Wreaths Across America Day to teach kids about the value of freedom.
The holiday season is when families most feel the absence of loved ones who are either away in active service or who have purchased our freedoms with their lives. On National Wreaths Across America Day, we express gratitude for their sacrifice.
Fun facts about National Wreaths Across America Day!
- In 2016, there were about 20.4 million living American veterans.
- Almost half of our nation’s troops have children under 18.
- More than 665,000 American soldiers have been killed in action.
- The deadliest U.S. war was World War II, with over 290,000 combat deaths.
How to celebrate National Wreaths Across America Day:
- Participate in a Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony. If you can’t find one, volunteer to sponsor one at a cemetery near you.
- Donate to sponsor a wreath or a ceremony.
- Write letters or post online to support veterans and active duty military members you know.
- Teach your kids about freedom. Talk about the freedoms your kids have that children in other nations might not enjoy.
What’s the hashtag for National Wreaths Across America Day?
On social media, use #WreathsAcrossAmericaDay to show your support for our troops, past and present.