GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Ceremonies were held across the United States Saturday morning to honor the nation’s fallen veterans.
Wreaths Across America is a coordinated effort to lay wreaths on graves of fallen veterans simultaneously across the country.
In West Michigan, the ceremony was held promptly at noon inside the chapel at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
After laying ceremonial wreaths inside the chapel for each branch of the military, families and volunteers followed a color guard procession outside to lay 399 donated wreaths on graves in the cemetery.
“Today, we show a united front of unity across the United States of America as we remember the fallen, honor those who served and teach our children the freedom and the values that freedom comes with,” said Major Keith Sikkema with the Civil Air Patrol.
Organizers hope to raise enough money to lay wreaths on all 5,000 plus graves at the Home for Veterans Cemetery next year.