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Volunteer Arlington National Cemetery

Join us this Memorial Day Weekend!

Thank you for choosing Arlington National Cemetery. You can choose from our activities listed below and enroll to participate. The local organizer will contact you regarding event details.

Local Organizer

5/28 Sunday before Memorial Day

 

Description of volunteer opportunities

 

1. Unload the flowers from the refrigerated truck and assist with transport to the designated sections for distribution.  

Thirty adult volunteers and scouts will be asked to meet at Section 33 Arlington National Cemetery by 10:00 am.

 

2. Distribution of flowers on headstones (open to all adult volunteers and accompanied children).  

Five Hundred Volunteers will be asked to meet at Section33 at 12:30 pm where they will sign in at the registration desk and be given a map of the cemetery with an assigned Section to distribute flowers — the back of the map will include instructions on how to properly distribute the flowers.

Around 13:00, volunteers are asked to proceed to their assigned Sections to begin the flower distribution. This activity will be expected to last until 15:00.

 

3. Flower Hand Out at ANC Visitor Center or Section 60.  

There are two shifts: 11:30-13:30, 13:30-15:30. Thirty adult volunteers will be asked to meet and sign in at Section 33 Arlington National Cemetery by 11:00 am (first shift), 13:00 (second shift).  Then proceed to the Visitor Center or Section 60.

* Recommended supplies to bring for volunteers handling flowers include: Gloves, comfortable walking shoes, food/snacks (no refrigeration), water, sunglasses, hat and sun-tan lotion.

 

4. Manage registration desk at Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Center (open to all volunteers).

Ten volunteers are asked to report to the Section 33 at 11:00 am and prepare to receive volunteers reporting to serve in the flower distribution and Visitors Center hand out activities . These registrars will request all volunteers to sign the roster in exchange for a map of the cemetery with an assigned section.

 

5. Photography and Videography (open to Boy Scouts). 

Four scouts are asked to volunteer to take photos and videos of the event — both logistics activity and distribution of flowers on headstones. Scouts capturing video are required to interview at least five scouts. Sample interview questions will be provided to these scouts by MDFF’s Public Relations contact, Abe Bacarra. Scouts volunteering for this project are asked to use their own equipment and provide copies of photos and video at 15:00 to Mr. Bacarra, who will copy media to a laptop.

Please select the activity you want to be part of and fill the form.
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5/29 MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY

 

Description of volunteer opportunities

 

1. Flower distribution preparation and logistics. 

Thirty volunteers are asked to report at the Service Complex at 5:45 am to enter together at the Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) through the back gate. The group will proceed to Section 60 to unload 20,000 flowers for distribution off the main flower truck onto a small trailer which will be then be driven to the Visitor’s Center. The group will accompany this vehicle and unload flowers, along with three tables and move items to three designated distribution points at the Visitor’s Center. Some members of the group will return with the trailer to retrieve a second load of flowers.

Upon completion of flower delivery, volunteers participating in this activity are requested to return to Section 60, to distribute more than 13,000 roses on headstones at the Section before the arrival of the President and other dignitaries at around 10am.

*Recommended supplies to bring for volunteers handling flowers include: Gloves, comfortable walking shoes, food/snacks (no refrigeration), water, sunglasses, hat and sun-tan lotion.

 

2. Flower handout at Visitors Center (open to all volunteers).

Forty-five volunteers are invited to handout flowers to ANC visitors in one of three shifts: 7 am to 9 am, 8:45 am to 10:45 am, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. The activity involves volunteers to greet and offer visitors a single flower to place on a headstone, along with small pamphlet. In addition to the flower handout, volunteers in Distribution Shift 3 will be asked to help cleanup in and around the Visitor’s Center by gathering loose buckets, folding tables and collecting and disposing flower refuse. Buckets and tables are to be loaded onto the trailer used for transporting flowers.

 

3. Photography and Videography. 

Four scouts and/or leaders and parents are asked to take photos and videos of the event. Volunteers capturing video are asked to interview at least five fellow volunteers.

Please select the activity you want to be part of and fill the form.
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6/3 SATURDAY AFTER MEMORIAL DAY

Flower Cleanup on the Saturday after Memorial Day (open to all volunteers)

 

Description of volunteer opportunity

 

1. Headstone inspection and flower cleanup.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor’s Center at 9 am to receive a map which will list assigned Sections for cleanup. The map will also include detailed instructions of the flower cleanup procedure on the back.

The primary activity will involve walking through the assigned Sections and inspecting all the headstones to remove any flowers that remain. Flowers will be gathered using garbage bags which need to be placed at the specified drop off points listed on the map for pickup. Volunteers may find many of the flowers have already been cleared — this important activity is to satisfy Arlington National Cemetery cleanup requirements for the event and ensure the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation can continue organizing the event every year.

*Recommended supplies to bring for volunteers handling flowers include: Gloves, comfortable walking shoes, food/snacks (no refrigeration), water, sunglasses, hat and sun-tan lotion.

 

2. Photography and Videography (open to Boy Scouts).

Four scouts are requested to take photos and videos of this activity. Scouts assigned to take video are asked to interview at least five volunteers on their experience.

Please select the activity you want to be part of and fill the form.
  • Choose one from the following volunteers opportunities:

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