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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville National Cemetery was the site of a special ceremony Saturday which honored veterans buried there.

Today was Wreaths Across America day, a day to honor those who gave their lives in service to our country and are buried in national cemeteries across America.

Thousands of family members, patriots and volunteers gathered at the Jacksonville National Cemetery just before noon to pay tribute to those who lie in rest.

"We thank those who gave their lives to keep us free, and we shall not forget you, we shall remember," said location leader Ralph Terreault.

At high noon, everyone joined in a minute of silence acknowledged at the same time across America.

Marine Colonel Matt Crabill, Commanding Officer of the Blount Island Command, thanked all who were there and reminded those that the wreaths being placed on the graves were to remember and honor those who gave their lives and to teach young people about sacrfices made for our freedom.

"We will always remember that freedom is always earned, and never given," said Colonel Crabill.

Then it was time for family members to lay wreaths at the headstones of their family members who served in the military.

"It's hard," said Linda Davis. Her husband James served in the Army in Vietnam and Berlin. He was buried here just three months ago. She was shocked so many came to honor these veterans on this day.

"It means he is not forgotten, and all these other people are not forgotten. That's good."

Mark Gribben's parents are among those buried here.

"It is my first time out here," said Gribben. "I am very impressed about the turnout today and the community showing this time of remembrance of those who have served. "

Several family members of Rasool Kamma Sr. were there. Rasool Kamma Jr was three months old when his father was sent to Vietnam but he returned safely.

"The sacrifice that all of them gave was incredible," said Kamma Jr. "The emotion out here is so immense, so much love out here. You have families from all walks of life , faiths and different places. To show their love and remember the veterans that were here, the sacrifices, we can never pay them for it. "

Hundreds of volunteers of all ages laid wreaths on the headstones of those whose family members were unable to be there.

One Vietnam veteran who was volunteering to lay the wreaths, told First Coast News he was serving other veterans that are laying here at rest, and some day he would be there with them.

There was a three shot volley salute to end the ceremony, then taps were played.

"I am glad that they made that ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy our freedom today," said Kamma Jr.

More than 5300 veterans are now buried at the Jacksonville National Cemetery.