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Volunteers place wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

Wreaths grace headstones at Arlington National Cemetery as Wreaths Across America places remembrance wreaths on the nearly 245,000 headstones at the cemetery in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: December 16, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — A huge number of volunteers placed wreaths on tombstones Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery.

WTOP-FM reports the annual event drew a large crowd, with more than 245,000 wreaths placed at grave sites.

The Wreaths Across America caravan traveled earlier this month from Columbia Falls, Maine, where the wreaths were made. The caravan went through several states before arriving in Arlington.

The grand marshals are Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon and his wife, Norma Donlon.

The tradition began when Maine wreath maker Morrill Worcester donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington Cemetery. A total of 1.2 million wreaths will be placed on markers across the country in 1,238 locations.

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Members of the U.S. Army hand-out wreaths to volunteers as they participate in Wreaths Across America, placing remembrance wreaths on the nearly 245,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.
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