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Arlington National Cemetery - The rain that fell on Arlington National Cemetery on Monday did not wash away the excitement and gratitude of hundreds of volunteers who worked to beautify the solemn resting place of fallen soldiers. Nearly 400 adults, accompanied by 48 of their ...
Arlington National Cemetery - The rain that fell on Arlington National Cemetery on Monday did not wash away the excitement and gratitude of hundreds of volunteers who worked to beautify the solemn resting place of fallen soldiers. Nearly 400 adults, accompanied by 48 of their ...

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The rain that fell on Arlington National Cemetery on Monday did not wash away the excitement and gratitude of hundreds of volunteers who worked to beautify the solemn resting place of fallen soldiers.

Nearly 400 adults, accompanied by 48 of their children, took the day off from landscaping companies in 29 states to help beautify the grounds at the famous cemetery. Adults pruned and braced trees, aerated soil and put down lime, while the children planted perennials. A local horticulturalist also was on hand to teach the children about the caterpillars and other insects they found.

"Look at all the gravestones. You can see all the different people who are here because they were in the military," Huddleston said while pointing at one of the markers. "You can see where they were from."

Shelby Wanzor, 10, of Atlanta, and Abby Bradley, 11, of Falmouth, Mass., wrote winning essays that earned them a chance to lay wreaths during a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Abby said she was inspired to volunteer by her grandfather, a late World War II Marine veteran. He would "be excited that I'm doing this for my country, and he'll be happy for me," she said.

Michelle Mercurio flew in from Jacksonville, Fla., to help fix up the cemetery for a third time. She

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