Thousands of people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday to lay 143,000 Maine-made wreaths on veterans’ graves, helped along by a last-minute surge of donations that enabled organizers to surpass their goal.
Donations were up for wreath-laying ceremonies nationwide but the budget for the largest observance – at Arlington National Cemetery – was more than $500,000 shy of the goal. As news of the shortfall spread, however, so did the response from people around the country eager to help.
On Saturday, it took the crowd less than two hours to transform Arlington’s landscape with 143,000 green-and-red “remembrance wreaths” set against the simple white headstones. That figure was well above the original goal of 135,000 and up from 110,600 last year. More than 400,000 veterans or their family members are buried at Arlington.
Thank you to our clients. With your support, Who Did That Media donated to Wreaths Across America for this special and worthy event. All wreaths were donated on behalf of Who Did That Media and our clients.