Veterans honored at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery

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Around the world today people of all races and creeds were working together to honor our nation's fallen.

Wreaths Across America. Thousands of people around the world on a single day honoring the fallen.

"I can't believe how many people support this event, this was an incredible turnout and very touching to see all of the wreaths and how many people are actually taking time to remember those who have fallen," said Lila Teunissen of Bismarck.

Around 1,500 people attended this year, a much better turnout than last year because of the good weather. One volunteer recalled last year for us.

"Snow drifts that were in some places six feet tall, and we had to sound for the tops of the headstones with shovel handles. That's nothing, absolutely nothing compared to what these men and women had to endure in the field of battle. The least we can do is lay a wreath at their gravesite at Christmas time and wish them a merry Christmas," said Craig Sjoberg or Mandan.

Service members, families, and anyone from the public could come and take part in the event.

"It's easy, especially in today's world to forget that the right to speak freely, and to own property, and all these other things that is fundamentally American. It's not free, there're people that served to give there lives and it's really important not to forget that," said Teunissen.

Events like this one are happening at cemeteries around the world. Some ceremonies have even been held at sea to honor those lost there.

There are 6,229 gravesites at the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery and only an hour after the start each site had a least one wreath.