LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Honoring veterans, that is the goal of annual Wreaths Across America events.
Lynchburg's Old City Cemetery was filled with people ready to honor those who have served and sacrificed their lives to keep our nation free.
"It's just so awesome, it really touched my heart. We had so many military veterans here today," said Elaine Roy and Arlene Cundiff of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
One of those in uniform was Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams who is the Deputy Surgeon General and an Appomattox native.
"They made the ultimate sacrifice. They were willing to put their lives on the line and we can't take that for granted," Trent-Adams said.
These wreaths are just a fraction of those placed on grave sites around the country.
"It is humbling, it's exciting to be here to recognize veterans from across the United States. It's been an enjoyable ceremony today. I enjoyed honoring those who have served and paved the way for me."
These servicemen and women try to do the same for today's kids.
"To me, passing that torch of freedom and caring for freedom in the United States is what is important," Roy said.