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More than 2,000 remembrance wreaths were placed on veteran's graves at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery

Posted: 11:35 PM, Dec 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-15 02:38:46-05

Hundreds gathered at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery Saturday afternoon to honor and remember more than 2,000 service members with holiday wreaths during this holiday season.

It was one of the many ceremonies that took place around the country for National Wreaths Across America Day.

The Central Coast Vietnam Veterans of America shared the day with the Boy Scouts of America.

Boy Scout Troop 450 has taken part in the national event for the past four years.

Jacob Jimenez, a former Boy Scout Patrol Leader, decided to create a database of all the veterans that reside at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery.

That information is now being used to put events like the one that took place Saturday together.

"My dad is a veteran and also my great-grandpa was and just being surrounded by them you just want them to feel more appreciated," said Jimenez.

The motto for the event is teach, honor and remember and that is something Jerry Kaufman with the Central Coast Vietnam Veterans of America hopes will be passed down to younger generations.

"Especially for families that have veterans not just here, but all over the country. They get to place that wreath personally and I don't have anyone here but that has to be very special," said Kaufman.

Volunteers will be needed January 4 at 9 a.m. to help remove the more than 2,000 wreaths.

An estimated 226,000 wreaths were placed at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.