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Sat, Dec 16


Arlington National Cemetery

Join HKSDC in Honoring Heroes: Wreaths Across America 2023

Come be a part of this cherished annual tradition

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Join HKSDC in Honoring Heroes: Wreaths Across America 2023
Join HKSDC in Honoring Heroes: Wreaths Across America 2023

Time & Location

Dec 16, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, USA

About the event

Continuing our holiday tradition since 2017, HKSDC invites you to join Team HKSDC Wreaths Across America on December 16, 2023. This year, Wreaths Across America has simplified its volunteer registration process so we encourage you to sign up now, save the date, and reconnect with some HKSDC folks all while doing some good work that Saturday!

  • Date:  Saturday, December 16, 2023 
  • Time:   8 AM - 12 PM
  • Location:  Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, USA 
  • RSVP:  Please register both (1) here and (2) here (see button below)
  • No-host lunch:  At 12 PM please join us at Texas Jack’s BBQ (2761 Washington Blvd in Arlington, VA) 

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit international enterprise which honors laid-to-rest veterans at the holidays with a wreath or a rock and the out-loud pronouncement of their name. The program began in 1992, when a wreath manufacturing family in Maine found themselves with a seasonal surplus. Shortly thereafter, they drove through the night to place their wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Their spontaneous goodwill has since inspired tens of thousands of others as the initiative has grown internationally. So too, has the HKS presence grown - to more than 100 volunteers last year. 

As those who have participated know: neither rain, sleet, or snow will keep us away from this self-appointed duty!  As always, we thank you for your continued support of that HKS concept of service that most fundamentally unites us and look forward to reconnecting with you soon!  

Please note:  

  • To volunteer, you’ll need to register twice: first on our website by clicking here. Second, on the Wreaths Across America site by clicking here.  Please identify “Other” and then “Harvard Kennedy School DC Alumni Council” as your group!
  • We’ll take our annual picture this year at 9:30am.  Details to follow via distribution list when you sign up at the HKS website.
  • Please note that this year proof of registration – or registration for that matter – is not required at the gates this year.  Arlington National Cemetery is now able to accommodate all who show.  But registering at HKSDC will ensure our coordination as a Team!
  • Please don’t hesitate to connect with Joelle Schmitz at on any additional questions!

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