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Thousands volunteer in annual Wreaths Across America

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Tens of thousands of volunteers took part in an annual tradition at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.

Wreaths Across America is the organization behind the event where volunteers place roughly 230,000 remembrance wreaths on headstones.

A procession of trucks carried more than 230,000 wreaths and made its way into Arlington National Cemetery.

Roughly 50,000 volunteers came to greet them.

"It's really nice to be able to come down here to do something for others who did so much for us sacrificed their life for our freedom," said a high school volunteer from Maine. "It's just really moving."

Vanessa Feygo and her daughter Sage paid tribute. Feygo lost her husband, a Navy veteran, last year and was taking part in Wreaths Across America for the first time.

"Even though my husband isn't buried here, it's really nice to come to support everyone else who does have family members buried here," said Feygo.

The mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember, honor and teach and that's exactly what happened Saturday. The wreaths will be a constant reminder through the holidays.

"And teach this next generation, the price of our freedom, what our men and women are doing every day for our freedom," said Officer Haley, a volunteer from Maine.

A simple touch, the silence or a salute to honor these heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For Army Officer Victor Perry, it's personal. He lays a wreath at his grandfather's headstone every year and gives an extra salute to a fallen hero he's never known.

"He was a Marine Corps Major served in Korea. So I learned about someone else today. Not everyone has family here, not everyone is local so it's good they can come out and say 'hi' be at peace and learn about someone," said Perry.

"I would want it if it were me it's a simple way to pay back," said Feygo.

The wreaths will stay put for more than a month. Wreaths Across America will once again need volunteers for wreath cleanup January 23rd.

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