Hundreds of wreaths laid at Wyuka Cemetery to honor late veterans
Hundreds of people gathered at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln Saturday morning to honor late veterans and place a wreath on each of their graves.
It's part of Wreaths Across America Day– an annual tradition to lay wreaths on graves of those who have served.
This is the eighth year Wyuka has participated in the tradition as a way to both honor and remember each veteran.
"I think it's incumbent on all of us to honor that service and what they have done it's really an amazing group of people," retired U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas D. Phillips said.
As each wreath was placed on a grave the veterans name was spoken out loud to keep their memory alive.
Wyuka is not the only cemetery participating in the annual event.
Wreaths will be placed on veterans graves across the country and across the world.
Over 1,900 wreaths were placed at graves in Wyuka this morning.
Among those laying wreaths was Tyler Smith, who's grandfather's are buried in the cemetery.
"There are no words, I am just grateful and I'm looking for my grandfathers grave right now. It's a little difficult with all the wreaths now, but I will find them before I leave," Smith said.
Both of Smith's grandfathers served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam war.
Smith was not alone in searching for his loved ones graves, which he did find. Countless others placed wreaths on their grandparents, parents, even their children's graves.
Each of them often taking a few moments to reflect and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and remembering that freedom is never free.