More than 750 locations across the country came together in unison to lay holiday wreaths during the annual Wreaths Across America on Saturday.
Ceremonies were held at the two West Virginia National Cemeteries in Taylor County, and Little Arlington Cemetery in Elkins.
This holiday wreath laying ceremony remembers those who served and honors their sacrifices. It also teaches younger generational the high cost of our nation's freedom.
"It's a national program that began with a wreath company in Maine. As times went along their first honoring was at Arlington National Cemetery, now its expanded all across this country and across the world," said Larry Linch, of VFW Post 573.
Seven specially designated ceremonial wreaths for each branch of the military along with POW's and MIA's were placed as memorials to remember and all honor all veterans, past, present, and future.
"It is an honor to come out and pay tribute to those who've went on before us, and that are still serving overseas today that are not home with their families at this time of the year," said Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Webb, 459th Engineer Company.
West Virginia has two national cemeteries both located in Taylor County. The older cemetery dates back to the Civil War and veterans organizations in the early 80s saw a need to establish a new cemetery that now holds to date 4,300 burials. The gravestones may hold names of those you may not know, but organizers said people should take the time to honor those who've served.
"It goes without being said the sacrifices that are being made to fight, and we're trying to keep peace here," said Mary Poe, director of W.Va. National Cemetery.
"Take the time to go up to one of them, and write the information down and thank God they served their country when their country needed them," said Linch.
It's estimated 500,000 wreaths will be placed at gravestones all across the country. Wreaths Across America is held each second Saturday in December.