SYLVANIA (WTOL) - It’s become an annual event honoring the men and women who proudly served our country.
Veterans graves were decorated all across the country on Saturday as part of the ‘Wreaths Across America’ program.
It happened locally at Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania.
Five thousand wreaths were laid by volunteers like Conni Urbanski-Brown.
Her husband Peter is a Vietnam vet whose ashes are now interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
“Well I want to honor all the veterans because of the sacrifices they made for us so we can enjoy our freedom,” said Conni.
This is truly a nationwide event.
One point eight million wreaths were laid at 1600 cemeteries at the stoke of Noon.
Donations and corporate sponsorships cover the cost of the $15.00 wreaths which come from a farm in Maine.
“I’m worried that the young people coming up in the world are not going to be able to do this so I’m setting an example to my kids and grandkids,” said volunteer Michelle Bristoll.
The eventual goal is to place a wreath on the graves of all 14,000 veterans buried at Toledo Memorial Park.
"Our ultimate goal is to place a wreath on every veteran grave in the Lucas County area which could be 50,000,” said Connie Walker of the local ‘Wreaths Across America’ chapter.
The mission of ‘Wreaths Across America’ is ‘Remember-Honor-Teach.’
The 2018 theme is ‘Be Their Witness.’