JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Saturday at 800 locations across the nation including right here on the First Coast Americans paused at noon to observe one minute of silence to remember those who have served and are serving our country so bravely.
At Jacksonville National Cemetery hundreds turned out to pay tribute to veterans as part of the Wreaths Across America Program. Diana French and her sister placed a wreath on the headstone of her father who served in the Navy for more than two decades.
"It's very heart warming. A lot of people loved them. It shows a lot of affection out here, a lot of loved ones out here. People care for what's happening...To me it's just very heart warming," French said.
Before the wreaths were placed at each marker, a ceremonial wreath was displayed for each branch of the military.
Kim McDonald, whose father was a veteran said, "It's just very touching."
Organizers said the event is all about remembering the fallen, honoring those who are serving and teaching our children about the value and the sacrifice of freedom.
Boy Scouts helped place wreaths at each marker.
"What's significant about this year's Wreath Across America program is somewhere, Arlington, our cemetery, one in Hawaii, the one millionth wreath will be placed. In a very short span one million wreaths have been laid to remember and honor those who have served our country," said the local organizer.
Jean Alfeld who came to place a wreath on her husband's grave was overwhelmed by the turnout.
"Be proud, be thankful. Thank these people. When you see a person in uniform, thank them because they served their country," Alfeld said.