Thousands of veterans remembered, honored in 'Wreaths Across America' event


SAN ANTONIO – Hundreds of thousands of veterans were remembered and honored Saturday morning during Wreaths Across America, a nationwide wreath-laying ceremony.

The national event impacted traffic between San Antonio and New Braunfels on Friday as a convoy of 18-wheelers carrying wreaths and close to a hundred motorcyclists left the Walnut Square Shopping Center for Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

On Saturday, gravestones at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery were adorned with wreaths.

"WAA San Antonio's goal each year is to raise close to $2 million in order to have a wreath on every headstone at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery," a release from WAA San Antonio said.

Wreaths were laid on more than 200,000 headstones at the cemetery. WAA San Antonio said it would place pennies on headstones if they ran out of wreaths.

Wreaths Across America began in 2006 when the the Worcester Wreath Company began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to veterans laid to rest.

Since 1992, the Worcester Wreath Company has donated wreaths for gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery.