Hundreds honor fallen veterans for 'Wreaths Across America'
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. —
Across the country, people honored fallen veterans Saturday. In Johnson City, hundreds laid wreaths at the Mountain Home National Cemetery.
The names of thousands of soldiers were spoken and saluted as a part of Wreaths Across America.
"There are many here who no family member is around anymore,” organizer David Carter said. “They're not forgotten as long as we do what we do."
There were 7,100 wreaths for the ceremony, but that only covered a small portion of the graves at Mountain Home. Next year, they'll begin again where they left off.
Before laying wreaths, there was a ceremony honoring each branch of the military.
People of all ages took part, young and old saying “thank you.”
Phillip McLain served in the Navy. He went to his first Wreaths Across America event in Arlington after his brother died in 2007.
"In excess of 5,000 people there that day,” McLain said. “Just absolutely marvelous service they had up there, so it's just kind of neat to come this close to home."
McLain got choked up talking about his brother.
At 14,000 locations across the country, people joined him in remembering.
"A lot of these people have no one who's ever served in the military,” Carter said. “I think that's a wonderful statement for the community."