As the holidays approach, thousands of wreaths are being laid at the gravestones of our country’s fallen heroes and veterans who have passed on.
It’s part of Wreaths Across America, a national effort to honor and remember those who have served.
“I think it’s important for us to remember our freedoms and as we get close to the holiday season it’s even more important because we can celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, all of these a holidays without fear of repercussions,” said retired Lieutenant Corporal Lawrence Bayer, organizer of the local Wreaths for Veterans project.
Wreaths for Veterans started in Huntsville 5 years ago, as part of Wreaths Across America. This year around 3,000 wreaths were placed in Maple Hill and Valhalla cemeteries. Wreaths are placed at around 500 cemeteries across the United States.
The effort is organized entirely by volunteers who prepare the wreaths and find the burial sites of local veterans each year.
The wreaths will stay in place until the new year.