National Wreaths Across America Day is Dec. 16
5,400 wreaths were laid at King Veterans Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12, 2015 as a part Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.

National Wreaths Across America Day is Dec. 16

On Dec. 16, remembrance wreaths will be laid on the graves of America's fallen veterans throughout the country and overseas as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. The mission of the program is to "remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve, and teach children the value of freedom."

This year, 1.2 million wreaths will be laid on veterans' gravesites in more than 1,200 locations. This includes the more than 200,000 wreaths that will be placed at Arlington National Cemetery.

American Legion posts and Legion Family members will participate in this annual wreath-laying program. Posts can share their wreath-laying stories on the Legion's web page

For more information about Wreaths Across America, visit For all social media postings, use the hashtag #WreathsAcrossAmericaDay.