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Thousands of Christmas wreaths laid on headstones at Fort Logan National Cemetery

The gesture was part of Wreaths Across America Day
Posted at 3:02 PM, Dec 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-16 20:09:58-05

DENVER -- Thousands of Christmas wreaths are now decorating the headstones of fallen soldiers at Fort Logan National Cemetery. 

The wreaths were part of Wreaths Across America Day, a day to remember those who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy today.

Around 3,000 people came to help Saturday morning: families of the fallen, veterans as well as civilians who felt helping decorate the headstones was important this holiday season. A short ceremony kicked off the event and the laying of the wreaths followed. Each fir wreath was hand-made, according to organizers. 

"It's amazing, we can't believe how many people and how many wreaths [are here]," said Traci Schauermann, one of the volunteers who came to help. 

No one knew this many people would show up, the crowd stretching as far back as the eye could see.

"We have all these veterans die for our country," said Veteran Ian Meinert. "This is one of the best ways we can do to keep them in our memory."

Donations to help headstones get a wreath this holiday season have been closed, but if you'd like to help out next year, visit