In an unscheduled trip to Arlington National Cemetery, President Donald Trump visited the nation’s site for service members on Saturday as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. The trip was made after he acknowledged that he should have gone to the cemetery for Veterans Day.
.@realDonaldTrump publicly acknowledged that he should have gone to Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day and made this visit today as holiday wreaths are placed at every grave. pic.twitter.com/U5qoABBobA— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) December 15, 2018
Wreaths Across America is a day for volunteers spend time to lay wreaths at military cemeteries. The organizers also coordinate with 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states and across the world.
“In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season,” the group states on their website.
Despite the rainy day, thousands of people showed up at Arlington to participate and honor America’s heroes.
Thousands of volunteers have laid 267,000 wreaths at @ArlingtonNatl for @WreathsAcross. Thank you for honoring all who rest here. This meaningful tradition is in its 27th year here at the cemetery. #HonorThem— Arlington National Cemetery (@ArlingtonNatl) December 15, 2018
(U.S. Army photo by SSG Nicholas Farina, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment.) pic.twitter.com/wqX5V7yTSk