ARLINGTON, Va. — Despite freezing temperature and sleet, more than 44,000 volunteers came out to Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 17 to place holiday wreaths on the graves of service members.

Across the nation, 1.2 million wreaths were placed at 1,228 cemeteries as part of a tradition that began 25 years ago when a wreath-maker from Maine by the name of Morrill Worcester found that he had 5,000 extra wreaths. Rather than wasting them, he donated the wreaths in honor of the sacrifice made by service members.

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