Wreaths Across America will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at Arlington National Cemetery. Every year, thousands of volunteers come to participate in the program. The high volume of visitors creates traffic congestion and delays on nearby streets and at the cemetery’s entrances.
Volunteers and visitors are able to arrive and begin the security screening process at the Welcome Center starting at 7 a.m. This year, the cemetery grounds will not open to the public, including volunteers, until 8:30 a.m.
Visitors arriving via other gates will not be able to begin the security screening process or enter the cemetery until those gates open at 8:30 a.m.
The Metro opens at 7 a.m. system-wide and is the recommended method of transportation for volunteers and visitors.
The parking garage will be reserved for visitors with family passes, and those with a handicapped placard. Due to the thousands of volunteers expected, family pass holders will not be able to drive onto the cemetery property until 3 p.m.
For more information on Wreaths Across America, visit http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/.