Army Secretary: Wreaths Across America will take place at Arlington Cemetery this year

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Wreaths Across America is apparently back on this year at Arlington National Cemetery.

“The Secretary of the Army has directed Arlington National Cemetery to safely host Wreaths Across America,” a release from Army Public Affairs reads. “We appreciate the families and visitors who take time to honor and remember those who are laid to rest at our nation’s most hallowed ground.” 

Earlier, Arlington National Cemetery announced the event, set for Dec. 19, had been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.

Karen Durham-Aguilera, executive director, Office of Army National Cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery said the decision to cancel the popular event was not made lightly. 

“Despite the controls developed to disperse potential crowds in time and space, and required personal safety protocols, we determined that hosting any event of this scale risked compromising our ability to accomplish our core mission of laying veterans and their eligible family members to rest.”

In announcing the cancellation, Durham-Aguilera added that various options to safely execute the event had been reviewed. Numerous consultations with WAA leadership and local government and public health officials were also held, she said.

Arlington National Cemetery will provide an update on the final event schedule soon the Army release states.

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