Weather forecast prompts postponement of wreath pickup day at Arlington

Last month's Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery was held with temperatures in the 60s, drawing a large crowd to place more than 241,000 memorial wreaths on the graves of the fallen. But the forecast of a return to more seasonable weather — and possibly a lot worse — has led to the postponement of the wreath pickup effort scheduled for this Saturday to Saturday, Jan. 30.

Wreaths Across America Chairman Wayne Hanson said in a press release on Tuesday that "normally we host our events regardless of the weather and with no planned rain dates, because the men and women who serve our country also serve everyday regardless of weather events." But with the possibility of several inches of snow and blustery winds hitting the area Friday night into Saturday, "safety for our volunteers is the top priority, and there are too many weather models predicting a significant impact on the Capital Region," Hanson said.

On Jan. 30, volunteers will meet at McClellan Arch Gate at 8:30 a.m. for an instructional briefing. For more details, see the Wreaths Across America website.

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