Wreaths take on a bigger meaning this holiday season

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RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - This holiday season, Christmas wreaths can be placed on more than just your front doors.

More than 70 volunteers gathered at the Black Hills National Cemetery Saturday to do so.

4–H, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Boy Scouts and other volunteers laid wreaths at the head stones of fallen military members.

About 1,000 wreaths were placed on individual head stones.

All of the wreaths were purchased by families that have loved ones at the national cemetery.

This is all in preparation for the wreaths across America ceremony on Dec.17.

"Pierre Claeyssens said that to be killed in war is not the worst that can happen, to be lost at war is not the worst that can happen. The worst thing that can happen is to be forgotten, and so we're trying to remember and make sure that our fallen service men and women are honored during the holidays,” said 4-H youth program adviser, Matthew Olson .

If you would like to support our fallen soldiers by sponsoring a wreath you can visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org