For many, the month of December represents holidays like Christmas and New Year's Eve, but to those whose loved ones risked their lives to give the ultimate sacrifice, the second Saturday of the month also holds a great significance.
Wreaths Across America is a national initiative in which people from across the country can come out to honor those who served our country. On Saturday, hundreds of local residents did just that, at the West Virginia National Cemetery.
Active military members joined the Civil Air Patrol, Patriot Guard, and Knights of Columbus to honor the fallen and united with family members to place wreaths at their grave sites.
For Trudy Cain, coordinating the ceremony was bittersweet.
"In honor of my brother-in-law, Peter Turner. We lost Pete last year, and he wanted to be involved in 'Wreaths Across America.' So we came and bought his wreath and came to see what was going on because we didn't know anything about this," said Cain.
Meaghan Hurst laid a wreath in honor of her grandfather.
"It means a lot because I really loved him so much. We lost him in January. He would want me to do it. I just feel happy about it," said Hurst.
Veterans also served as a crucial part of the ceremony, including veteran Thomas Mathews, the oldest surviving World War II prisoner of war in Taylor County.
"I'm glad that I'm in good enough health to be here. I'm very proud to do it to let people know there's still people in this world that was in World War II," said Mathews.