Arlington Short 30,000 Headstone Wreaths For Christmas

Some 30,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery may have to go without wreaths this holiday season, as the group that raises money for the decorations is nearly a half-million dollars short of reaching its goal.

Wreaths Across America raises money to put a wreath, each costing $15, on the headstones at the national cemetery, reports Fox News. This year’s goal is $3.45 million, but as of Wednesday night, the group was short $450,000 of meeting its Dec. 1 deadline.

The organization gets no government funding for the initiative, launched in 1992 to mark graves at some 700,000 veterans’ burial sites at 900 locations across the United States, with the largest endeavor taking place at Arlington to cover 230,000 headstones.