Nov. 17 (UPI) — The annual Wreaths Throughout America occasion will take at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery, officers mentioned Tuesday, a day after the occasion was canceled.
In a submit on its web site, Arlington Nationwide Cemetery mentioned it was directed by the secretary of the Military to “safely host” the occasion after officers on Monday moved to cancel the occasion as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We admire the households and guests who take time to honor and bear in mind those that are laid to relaxation at our nation’s most hallowed floor,” the cemetery mentioned, including it might present an replace on the ultimate schedule for the occasion “quickly.”
The annual December occasion entails wreath-laying ceremonies at greater than 2,100 state and federal veterans cemeteries.
Wreaths Throughout America Government Director Karen Worcester mentioned it was unclear how the occasion can be carried out at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery this yr in mild of the pandemic.
“We do know there won’t be 30,000 to 40,000 folks invited to come back down there,” mentioned Worcester.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted that he ordered the occasion to go on.
“I’ve reversed the ridiculous resolution to cancel Wreaths Throughout America at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery. It is going to now go on!” Trump wrote.
Wreaths Throughout America spokesman Sean Sullivan instructed Washington, D.C., information outlet WTOP that whereas the group couldn’t touch upon “what actually occurred at the moment” he did affirm that organizers despatched “cellphone calls, emails and pleas” to the White Home to intervene within the resolution.