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  • Secretary of the Army orders Arlington Cemetery to host Wreaths Across America after intense backlash

    Secretary of the Army orders Arlington Cemetery to host Wreaths Across America after intense backlash

    In a stunning reversal, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy has directed Arlington National Cemetery to safely host Wreaths Across America, overriding an earlier decision to cancel the event due to coronavirus concerns.

    “We appreciate the families and visitors who take time to honor and remember those who are laid to rest at our nation’s most hallowed ground,” said the statement announcing the reversal. “Arlington National Cemetery will provide an update on the final schedule soon.”

    UPDATE: President Trump has weighed in on Twitter: “I have reversed the ridiculous decision to cancel Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. It will now go on!”

    Arlington National Cemetery faced intense backlash after the initial decision to cancel the event was announced.

    “Due to the current COVID-19 situation across the nation and within the National Capital Region, it is with great regret that Arlington National Cemetery is canceling Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery and the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home Cemetery on December 19, 2020,” the original press release stated.

    “Following a thorough analysis of the annual Wreaths Across America Wreaths-In event this year, and in close collaboration with the Joint Task Force, National Capital Region, we determined that we could not implement sufficient controls to mitigate the risks associated with hosting an event of this size under current and forecasted infection and transmission rates, while still conducting a respectful and honorable public event.”

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