ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Wreaths Across America came to the U.S. Naval Academy cemetery a day early on Friday, as volunteers placed more than 2.500 wreaths at the final resting places of sailors and Marines of all ranks.
On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of wreaths will be placed at cemeteries around the nation and overseas. But for the Naval Academy midshipmen who took part in Friday's event, Saturday is also the day of the annual Army-Navy football showdown in Philadelphia.
The Naval Academy Cemetery dates back to the late 1860s, and is the final resting place of such notables as Adm. Arleigh Burke, Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, Adm. Ernest King and, most recently, Sen. John McCain.