On December 18, 2021, nearly 38,000 people showed up to place 257,000 wreaths at every gravesite, columbarium court column and niche wall column at Arlington National Cemetery. This year marked a full return to the event, after Arlington’s volunteer wreath-laying ceremony was canceled in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions. The 2021 commemoration began on Friday with Gold Star families visiting the National Mall in Washington D.C., to lay wreaths across the Vietnam, Korean, World War I, and World War II memorials.