However, this year, the organization feared it’d fall short, and some graves would go unrecognized.
On Dec. 8, corporate development and community relations director Bre Kingsbury appeared on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” and pleaded for its “patriotic viewers to purchase the remaining 31,500 wreaths.
Fortunately, viewers acquiesced to her request, and on Thursday, she announced on “Fox & Friends” the organization had met its goal.
Credit: Independent Journal Review/Fox News
With the wreaths secured, the only thing left to do was place them, and she added, “now, it’s all about volunteering.”
Two days later, a swarm of volunteers descended on Arlington National Cemetery as early as 6:30 a.m. ET to honor the men and women who fought to preserve our nation’s freedom.
According to Fox News, a total of about 400,000 tombstones — the entirety of Arlington National Cemetery — will be adorned Saturday.
Rachel Hopmayer tweeted a photo of the cemetery and called it “the most moving and meaningful tradition I’ve ever been a part of”:
Wreaths Across America is the most moving and meaningful tradition I’ve ever been a part of. Nothing will ever replace the eternal sacrifice these men and women gave in our country’s name. Freedom is not free — we must honor the cost. #WAA2017 ♥️🌲🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/stPFTS7d2L
— Rachel Hopmayer (@rmhopmayer) December 16, 2017
The vast expanse of the final product, as seen in previous years, serves as a sobering reminder during the festive holiday season that freedom isn’t free.
Source: Conservative Daily