Hundreds pay their respects at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. - Each year thousands of volunteers from across the state honor the fallen at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery for Wreaths Across America.

Now that the holiday season is over, participants take on the task of removing more than 6,000 wreaths. Members of the Civil Air Patrol, Boys Scout from Jamestown and the public work to remove wreaths and revisit their heroes once more.

"The community has really adopted this program, really wants the Veterans Cemetery to be taken care of and the Veterans to be honored. It's really humbling to see this kind of community involvement," said Civil Air Patrol, Kevin Iverson.

Iverson​ says event organizers at other cemeteries around the country reached out in awe because of how fast the community responded to the program.

Wreaths Across America began in at Arlington National Cemetery in 1992, by 2006 the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery is one of the original 150 locations to join the new national project.