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Arlington National Cemetery wreath cleanup postponed again, to Feb. 13

Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 12, 2015.<br>Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes
Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 12, 2015.

The "Retiring of the Wreaths" at Arlington National Cemetery — already rescheduled for this weekend because of the blizzard that hit the Washington, D.C. area — will now take place two weeks later, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.

"There is just so much snow and the crews are already working around the clock to open up the grounds and make them safe for visitors," Wreaths Across America chairman Wayne Hanson said in a press release. "It is not fair to them, or our volunteers, to put on the additional strain of preparing for our event before it is safe.”

The annual cleanup effort, which Hanson calls "every bit as much a sign of respect as the day we place them," will begin with a volunteer briefing at the McClellan Arch Gate at 8:30 a.m.

Last month, a large crowd of volunteers, spurred on by temperatures in the 60s, placed over 241,000 Maine wreaths on the Arlington graves of the fallen. Nationwide, over 900,000 wreaths were placed at about 1,100 cemeteries.

More details are available on the Wreaths Across America Facebook page.
 

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