President Donald Trump just saved an important American tradition.
The Washington Examiner reported Tuesday that President Trump had ordered the reversal of a recent decision by the Army secretary to cancel Arlington National Cemetery’s yearly Wreaths Across America program.
Despite initial concerns about COVID-19, the show will go on this December.
According to the Examiner, Wreaths Across America is an annual event that honors our nation’s fallen soldiers with wreath-laying ceremonies not only in Arlington, but also at various locations in all 50 states and in countries around the world.
Arlington National Cemetery had announced Monday that it was canceling the event this year, the Examiner reported. The cemetery wrote in a statement that the decision was made “with great regret.”
Due to the current COVID-19 situation across the nation and within the NCR, it is with great regret that ANC is cancelling Wreaths Across America at ANC and the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home Cemetery on Dec. 19, 2020.
Please read the full press release at: https://t.co/b6EEqpsmRh
— Arlington National Cemetery (@ArlingtonNatl) November 16, 2020
A Fox News noted, the move sparked harsh criticism from lawmakers including Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw.
“This decision to cancel [Wreaths Across America] must be reversed immediately. Critical thinking must win out over emotion,” the Republican wrote in a tweet. “Large areas, outside and well spaced, with masks on, is perfectly safe. Our fallen deserve to be remembered.”
Thanks to President Trump, it looks like Crenshaw will get his wish. Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy announced that the decision to cancel the event had been walked back in a tweet Tuesday.
“I have directed Arlington National Cemetery to safely host Wreaths Across America,” McCarthy said, according to the Washington Examiner. “We appreciate the families and visitors who take time to honor and remember those who are laid to rest at our nation’s most hallowed ground.”
Hours later, President Trump said he was the one who made the call to keep up the tradition despite the ongoing pandemic.
I have reversed the ridiculous decision to cancel Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. It will now go on!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2020