Many gather in Lynchburg to remember veterans

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Thousands of people across the country honored veterans as part of Wreaths Across America Saturday afternoon. Plenty of people in Lynchburg were also taking part.

As a Daughter of the American Revolution, Elaine Roy says this event has special meaning to her.

"To honor deceased veterans and to honor our living military members," Roy said. "Freedom for our country is important to me."

Thousands of veterans are buried at Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg. On Saturday, they were being remembered.

One by one, wreaths will be laid on the graves of those who had the honor of protecting our country.

"Soldiers beginning with the American Revolution up through every war, conflict through Vietnam," Roy said.

Veterans Steve Jones and Gary Witt is here supporting his own.

"I'm just thankful to every man and woman who's ever gave their life for our freedom," Jones said.

"It's important that we honor our veterans who put their lives on the line and I know I have friends who died in combat and they didn't get the respect that they deserve," Witt said.

This is the ninth year the ceremony has been held in Lynchburg. It's a tradition they hope will continue.

"It's very important that we do that, that we keep the remembrance of these veterans that did what they did for us. They gave their lives. They gave the ultimate sacrifice," Witt said.