KILLEEN, TX — Since 2006, wreaths have been placed on every veteran memorial at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
On Sunday, hundreds of people gathered to participate and pick up over 8,000 wreaths. For James Thurman, the cemetery has a deeper meaning.
He is a veteran himself and served for 39 years. He says he visits often because his daughter and son in law are buried at the cemetery.
"We can never forget the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defending freedom and defending this great country," said Thurman.
The were arranged and placed in November and stayed throughout the holiday season. People say they hope this tradition will only continue to get bigger as the years pass.
"We have people from all over the country who may have some sort of connection to the cemetery near and far. Anyone who wants to come support we welcome," said Hilary Shine, event committee.