Tens of thousands of volunteers bundled up on a chilly Saturday morning and helped place more than 245,000 wreaths at grave sites in National Arlington Cemetery.
Wreaths were put on every tombstone at the Arlington, Va., cemetery, honoring members of the U.S. Armed Forces as part of the 26th annual National Wreaths Across America Day.
Among those volunteering was Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who tweeted: "You can feel the love for country and those who serve."
Going to #WreathsAcrossAmerica is an incredible experience. You can feel the love for country and those who serve pic.twitter.com/jTlVp4HFus— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) December 16, 2017
The organization behind the event, Wreaths Across America, initially concerned that they would not meet their goal to place a wreath at every veteran's grave, announced Thursday their effort was a success.
“We are able to place a wreath at every single veteran’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery this year,” Bre Kingsbury of Wreaths Across America told “Fox & Friends.”
The wreaths were made in Columbia Falls, Maine, and earlier this month a caravan "escort" transported the decorations to Arlington.
Ultimately, more than 75,000 volunteers helped out on Saturday, according to Arlington National Cemetery.
Thank you to the more than 75k volunteers who braved the cold weather and heavy traffic to help #HonorThem during @WreathsAcross America Day at #ArlingtonNationalCemetery!
Find more photos at https://t.co/plMvd0MPmE. #WAA2017 pic.twitter.com/1hUHF3QF0u— Arlington Cemetery (@ArlingtonNatl) December 17, 2017
“All these people are honoring the men and women who make their constitutional rights possible,” said Alecia Walters, an Army veteran, according to WTOP. “In memory of all who made the ultimate sacrifice, I needed to come here to put that wreath down.”
Vice President Mike Pence also took to Twitter to thank all the volunteers who helped out Saturday.
THANK YOU to all the volunteers across America who laid wreaths for those who dedicated their lives to serving our Nation. We will never forget the sacrifices they made to defend our FREEDOM. #WAA2017 #HonorThem https://t.co/f29QSPrlLM— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) December 16, 2017
Wreaths weren't only placed at grave sites in Arlington, but also at more than 1,200 cemeteries across the country.