Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

Back to Article
Back to Article

Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

Katelyn Taylor and Jean Marie Rodier, Senior and Social Studies Advisor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Near our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C., at the National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., there are ceremonies for all of the fallen soldiers, and one includes the laying and picking up of the wreaths. On December 15 the wreath ceremony took place and thousands of volunteers helped lay these wreaths on over 200,000 graves. The wreaths stay on the graves for a little over a month before more volunteers pick them up.

The picking up of the wreaths is another volunteer project in which multiple people show up with long poles and sticks to pick up as many wreaths as possible. This service project was something that Kenwood’s National Social Studies Honors Society participated in on January 19. Kenwood’s Social Studies Honor Society advisor, Jean Rodier, organized this year’s wonderful service project and trip to our National Cemetery.

“The idea for this event was brought to our club last year by the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society president, Chris Ospina, who is now at the US Naval Academy. We attempted to do this last year also, but never made it due to weather and car trouble,” said Rodier.

Though Chris did not get to participate, this year’s students, Katelyn Taylor, Emma Pollard, and Jillian Hoffman found the experience to be an honor and hope to see the Kenwood Social Studies Honor Society carry on this tradition in the future.

When they reached Arlington it didn’t appear that there were any wreaths to pick up. Signs around the grounds asked that visitors walk with respect.

While at first they did not find many wreaths to pick up, they shortly discovered that many were buried under the snow and looked like donuts. In the end, they found about 30 wreaths. Using borrowed hockey sticks from Kenwood’s PE department they took care of disposing of the wreaths, so new ones could be laid by the next round of volunteers.

Before heading back to Kenwood, they were fortunate enough to catch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which they found to be an awe-inspiring moment everyone should catch at least once in their lifetime.

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

    News

    K.E.N. Helps Bluebirds as Part of Environmental Mission

  • Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

    News

    Kenwood High Hosts Blood Drive to Save Future Lives

  • Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

    News

    Kenwood SGA and Music Department Bring Holiday Cheer

  • Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

    News

    Kenwood Adopts 25 Families for Christmas Giving

  • Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

    News

    Student Devices Bring New Learning Opportunties to the Classroom

  • Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

    News

    The International Baccalaureate Diploma: Academic Readiness for the 21st Century

  • Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

    News

    Kenwood High Drama Club Presents Beauty and the Beast

  • Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

    News

    History of the Americas Class Launches PSAs to Promote Culture Change

  • Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

    News

    Program Helps Athletes Succeed On and Off the Field

  • Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

    News

    KHS Staff Tips for a Successful School Year

Navigate Right
Kenwood High’s Social Studies Honor Society Cleans up Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery