SAN ANTONIO -

Thousands of fallen heroes were honored Saturday as hundreds gathered Sunday at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery to remember and give thanks to those who have given everything for our country.

A total of 16 thousand wreathes were laid out. Family, friends and volunteers paid tribute to the men and women of our armed forces.

"There's a lot of people, a lot of wreaths, so I think it's a good thing, laying them out," said Matt Brymer. "You know, remember the people that did things for us."

As the crowd looked on and stood in silence, the red white and blue waved proudly. The national anthem was sung while onlookers saluted the fallen.

"I think it's important to remember all the veterans and to give back for all they've done for us," said one volunteer.

The huge turnout caught Melinda Viagran by surprise. She was at the cemetery visiting her father's tomb.

"It's amazing, it's an overwhelming turnout seeing people here honoring their loved ones, just being here with everyone," said Viagran.

Viagran's father died two years ago. Knowing that his service meant so much to many, and that memory will be kept alive, was more then she could have asked for.