Arlington, VA – The annual Wreaths Across America escort of handmade, balsam wreaths destined for Arlington National Cemetery will begin arriving in Arlington County on Friday, December 14th. The annual convoy of wreaths, originating in Maine and ending at Arlington National Cemetery, includes over 75 tractor trailers and numerous support vehicles that will reach the Cemetery at various times throughout the day.
On Saturday, December 15th, several thousand volunteers will descend upon the Cemetery and help lay wreaths on every gravesite throughout the property beginning at 8 AM. The Arlington County Police Department and its law enforcement partnering agencies will close roads and monitor traffic conditions in support of the event.
Volunteers and the general public should be aware of the following potential disruptions on December 15th, starting at 5 AM:
- Southgate Road, between Columbia Pike and S. Oak Street, will be closed and restricted to authorized vehicles only. Temporary no parking signs have been posted and vehicles in violation will be towed after 12 PM on Friday the 14th.
- Marshall Drive, between N. Meade Street and Rt. 110, will be closed and restricted to shuttle bus traffic only.
- Memorial Avenue, from Memorial Circle to the Cemetery entrance will be closed. Access to the Memorial Bridge from southbound George Washington Parkway and northbound Rt. 110 will also be closed.
- Additional road closures will be implemented in locations along I-395, the George Washington Parkway, and the Pentagon Reservation by the Virginia State Police, United States Park Police, and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.
- Other roads not listed may be closed for short duration at the discretion of law enforcement.
Motorists are reminded that parking on the shoulder of Rt. 110 is strictly prohibited. Any vehicle that is left unattended will be towed at the owner’s expense. If your vehicle is towed, call the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222. Stopping or standing in the travel lanes to discharge or pick up passengers is also prohibited and police officers will be patrolling along RT. 110 to address observed violations of applicable traffic laws.