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Wreaths Across America 2012: Arlington National Cemetery Volunteers Lay 110,000 Wreaths (PHOTOS)

The headstone of Marine Cpl. Jason Lee Davis is decorated by his mother Diane Travis during as she lays a holiday wreath at g
The headstone of Marine Cpl. Jason Lee Davis is decorated by his mother Diane Travis during as she lays a holiday wreath at graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Saturday Dec. 15, 2012, during Wreaths Across America Day. Wreaths Across America was started in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester and has expanded to hundreds of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- More than 20,000 volunteers laid some 110,000 wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.

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In 2006, Worcester told Army News Service how this initial donation came about:

"We had ordered more than we could sell in '92. They were nice, fresh wreaths I didn't want to just throw away," he recalled. "I happened to think of Arlington because I'd come here when I won a trip to Washington as a 12-year newsboy.

"I saw the changing of the Guard, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the acres and acres of graves ... it all just struck me ... a memory I've never forgotten," said Worcester. "So, I hoped Arlington would allow me to decorate the graves - they did, and so here we are."

"Wreaths Across America" now coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at military cemeteries across the United States.

Byers, her husband, Lloyd, and Army Sgt. Justin Lansford — who was severely wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in April — later placed it at the grave of Vietnam veteran Wilbur Tresvant in Arlington's Section 60.

Also joining in the placing of wreaths were Maine Gov. Paul LePage and his wife, Ann.

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