Lawmakers, veterans call on Arlington National Cemetery to reverse Wreaths Across America cancellation

Lawmakers, veterans call on Arlington National Cemetery to reverse Wreaths Across America cancellation

Lawmakers and U.S. 군 veterans are calling on Arlington National Cemetery to reconsider its decision to cancel its annual Wreaths Across America program, which honors fallen soldiers with wreaths all over the country and abroad.

The cemetery announced Monday that they are canceling the event that had been scheduled for December 19 at Arlington National Cemetery and the Soldiersand Airmen’s Home Cemetery due to 코로나 바이러스 concerns.

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I encourage Army leaders to reconsider this decision,” 이것의. 톰 코튼, R-Ark., tweeted in response to the news. “Thousands of people have marched in DC streets the past couple weekends for Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Surely volunteers can responsibly place wreaths on the graves of our fallen heroes at Arlington.

대표. Dan Crenshaw, R- 텍사스, himself a veteran, also urged the cemetery to reconsider, citing measures that could be taken to protect attendees.

This decision to cancel #wreathsacrossamerica must be reversed immediately. Critical thinking must win out over emotion,” Crenshaw said in a tweet. “Large areas, outside and well spaced, with masks on, is perfectly safe. Our fallen deserve to be remembered.

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In a press release, Arlington National Cemetery said that it had conducted athorough analysisof how to safely conduct the event before ultimately deciding to cancel.

“We did not make this decision lightly. Despite the controls developed to disperse potential crowds in time and space, and required personal safety protocols, we determined that hosting any event of this scale risked compromising our ability to accomplish our core mission of laying veterans and their eligible family members to rest,” Office of Army National Cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery Executive Director Karen Durham-Aguilera said in a statement.

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The Wreaths Across America organization, 그 동안에, said that they had beenworking tirelessly with local, state and national officialsto make sure the outdoor events are carried out safely and within local regulations.

As an organization, we are shocked by this unexpected turn of events,” they said in a statement. “To say we are devastated, would be an understatement.

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