Wreath Laying at the Old Soldier’s Home by Kalia


Kalia writes:

“So my company Alion Science and Technology donated wreaths this year to 4 of the major national cemeteries this year. They sent some to Arlington, Alexandria, Annapolis, and DC. It was all volunteer and unlike Arlington, this was the first year for the DC cemetery to lay wreaths for the winter season. This year they donated 100 wreaths to the DC cemetery because they weren’t sure what the turnout would be. 8 of us laid 100 wreaths on the markers on either side of the flagpole on Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 2pm. Hopefully next year we will be able to get more volunteers and more wreaths!”


I’ll definitely participate and help publicize next year!


7 Comment

  • Wonderful gesture. I know quite a few people at Alion. Thanks for your contribution to a cemetery that gets few visitors but deserves so much more. I also suggest that anyone who hasn’t done so, take the tour of Lincoln’s Cottage on the grounds of the Soldiers Home. http://www.lincolncottage.org/. It’s well worth the visit. Happy Holidays.

  • I really appreciate the thought motivating most people who volunteered for this.

    But I have to wonder: when did it become a tradition to put Christmas ornaments on graves? Seems kind of trailer-trashy at best, false-flag Christian activism at worst.

    Yeah, I’ll probably rot in hell for this comment, because the volunteers come from the best possible motivation. But, well intentioned as participants may be, this gesture just doesn’t seem quite right.

    • I think the point of this tradition serves to remind those that are still living and have lost people serving our country that we haven’t forgotten. I also think it is a great time of year to do it since Christmas time has a reputation for a spike in seasonal depression.

  • A simple, somber wreath looks “trailer-trashy” to you? I would agree if they were putting up giant cross-shaped funerary flower displays, but I think this is appropriate. It may be the one time of the year that someone even looks at these graves.
    Thank you, volunteers!

  • Felicitations to Alion Science and Tech.

    A beautiful and befitting gesture; might we have more information for this willing come again volunteer next time ?

    Long ago, uniformed Boy Scouts used to do this one grave stone at a time, while a large flag was held by one scout at the end of a row until the next row was completed.
    I was one of them.

  • I believe that this was coordinated in conjunction with Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization.


    — A fellow Alion Science & Technology employee

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