Retired and active military joined Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and business and nonprofit groups at the Point Loma ceremonies. More than a 100 groups took part.
Graves of MIAs and Medal of Honor winners were accorded special attention and assignments.
Participants were advised to respect graves of non-Christians and lay wreaths only at those marked with Christian crosses.
As it happens, only a fraction of the 110,000 graves were decorated Saturday morning — their share of the national allotment.
At Arlington National Cemetery, organizers said more than 44,000 people helped place about 245,000 wreaths.
Some 13,000 wreaths came to San Diego. Also taking part were Miramar National Cemetery and Greenwood Memorial Park.
“We have partnered with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration,” said the San Diego chapter of Wreaths Across America.
The 25-year-old event began with Morrill Worcester, owner of a wreath company in Harrington, Maine, who recalled a trip to Arlington when he was a 12-year-old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News.
“In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season,” the site recalls. “Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s veterans. With the aid of Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery that had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.
“The annual tribute went on quietly for several years until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet. Suddenly, the project received national attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to help with Arlington.”
Now more than 1,000 sites nationwide get wreaths in mid-December.
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