Thousands Lay Wreaths to Honor Fallen

"Most of them have given the ultimate sacrifice so we can be free": Volunteer

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    Sarah Walton hugs the tombstone of her husband, Lt. Col. James Walton, at Arlington National Cemetery after placing a Christmas wreath at his graveside Saturday. Walton was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

    More than 15,000 wreaths were placed at Arlington National Cemetery Saturday as part of the Wreaths Across America project.

    Volunteers came to pay tribute to the nation's veterans and honor their memories by laying the wreaths, which were donated by the Worcester Wreath Company.

    Merrill Worcester started the tradition in 1992, and told WTOP it's the least he can do to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

    "I've been lucky over the years to have what I have," Worcester said. "Thanks for the freedom that we have to do what we can do. In this country, the harder you work."

    A couple of volunteers at the wreath laying told News4 that laying the wreaths is a way to show respect for those who fought for us and to "thank all our troops who lost their lives in these wars."

    "Most of them have given the ultimate sacrifice so we can be free," one man told Megan McGrath. "So we want to show our respect for these men and women.”