Hundreds of volunteers showed up to the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery for National Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 15.

“We do this every year,” said Jim Hollister, retired Air Force. “We try to lay wreaths on each graveside to show loved ones, even though they are gone, they are not forgotten — especially during the holiday season.”

Through misty and rainy weather conditions, participants were able to lay an estimated 4,388 wreaths throughout the cemetery.

“My father is buried here,” Chrystal McCray said. “I have been participating in this for over three years and this shows how the community can come together and support each other during the holidays.”

McCray’s father, a veteran, passed away in 2012 and she stated she has developed many friends because of this event. She also talked about how sad the holidays can be for someone who has lost a relative. McCray said programs like this bring souls together to help each other heal.

National Wreaths Across America Day takes place every year and was founded in 2007. The mission each year is to cover all veterans grave markers with a Christmas wreath. Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 1,400 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad. For more information or to volunteer visit