Volunteers place wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

Randy Schultz, from Union Bridge, Md., places a wreath at a grave as part of Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 in Arlington, Va. Organizers estimated that volunteers placed 240,815 wreaths at Arlington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A nonprofit group says it has placed remembrance wreaths on the more than 240,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.

Wreaths Across America said in a statement that over 70,000 volunteers helped place the wreaths Saturday. The Maine-based group says the green wreaths, each with a red bow, are a gesture of gratitude. The wreaths placed at Arlington were among more than 900,000 wreaths placed at over 1,000 locations nationwide Saturday, which is National Wreaths Across America Day.

The wreath-laying tradition at Arlington began in 1992 when a businessman from Maine, Morrill Worcester, delivered 5,000 donated wreaths to the cemetery. He and others formed the non-profit Wreaths Across America in 2007.

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