WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- To honor fallen heroes during the holidays Wreaths Across America aims to put a wreath on all graves in the nation's veterans cemeteries.
But here in Wilmington a majority of the graves will go undecorated.
Saturday more than 1,000 wreaths will be laid on graves in Wilmington National Cemetery as part of the Wreaths Across America program. That number is significantly lower than local organizers had hoped. They set a goal of having 5,000 wreaths this year for the more than 7,000 graves.
Although the deadline has already passed to donate for this holiday season, you can donate for next year to make sure all the head stones have a wreath.
Veteran Ralph Price is already looking toward to the future to honor those who gave so much in the past.
"I want to start on next year," Price said. "Let's get the money raised; have everyone donate one wreath --- is $15. Start saving and put back a little bit."
Saturday there be almost 300 ceremonies to lay the wreaths on graves across the country. Wilmington's starts at noon and is immediately followed by the wreath laying. Everyone is welcome to come rain or shine.
Jan. 11 the organization will be back at the cemetery to collect all the wreaths off the graves. The public is encouraged to come out and help.