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Thousands visit Fort Logan National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America Day

Posted at 5:41 PM, Dec 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-15 19:57:59-05

DENVER -- We can never do enough to thank our veterans. They fought, and many of them died, for our freedoms.

This Saturday, on Wreaths Across America Day, it was Colorado's chance to thank those who sacrificed so much.

The tolling of the honor bell echoed through Fort Logan National Cemetery. Each toll honoring a fallen soldier.

Gold star wife Jeanette Early accepted a wreath in honor of her husband.

"Oh my gosh he loved military,” Early said about her husband who was killed in Vietnam 50 years ago. “He would be just elated. He would be so honored because military was his life."

The show of support on Wreaths Across America Day keeps growing each year, with each wreath becoming a symbol of ultimate gratitude.

“To see all these people here that are going to serve and lay a wreath at all these graves is something that is special to watch,” said one man who volunteered to lay wreaths.

Many of the people who showed up didn't have a specific person to honor. They chose a random headstone and laid a wreath.

Around 16,000 wreaths were donated this year. That means 85 percent of the headstones at Fort Logan will not be adorned with a wreath.

You can change that by donating a wreath for next year.