Hundreds gather for retiring of the wreaths Saturday morning
Hundreds gathered at the Chattanooga National Cemetery Saturday to retire the wreaths volunteers placed back in December.
Army Veteran Larry McCall said this is the least they can do to help the heroes who never came home.
"Respect, you know. These people, they was heroes who never came home. And you know, you just can't say enough about them,” McCall said.
McCall served in the Vietnam War for two years.
He was one of the hundreds who came out and helped pick up wreaths on veterans headstones.
He said this is the first time he has ever set foot in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
His friend invited him to help with the retiring of the wreaths saying this was the best way to pay his respects for the brothers and sisters he never knew.
"He invited me and I said 'I'd be glad to go.' It means a lot to me just to look at this place. I mean, it's just unreal,” McCall said.
More than 10,000 headstones had wreaths placed on them.
There are over 44,000 marked headstones in the cemetery.
Captain Mickey McCamish said all the volunteers who came out showed what it means to be a true patriot.
"This isn't the most glamorous job, but it's a way that people can give back and say thanks to these veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” McCamish said.
Mccamish said the ultimate goal is to make sure they won't have to make the decision of which headstones to put a wreath on.
"And after all, we are the Volunteer State. And I know that eventually, we will achieve that goal of a wreath being on every gravestone,” McCamish added.
Wreaths Across America will start preparations for this year in February.
They’ll begin taking donations during that time.
For more information, visit the Wreaths Across America website.