JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - - Those who died for freedom are being remembered in Onslow County as part of a nationwide initiative called Wreaths Across America. The movement honors those who served.
Participants delivered more than 3,000 wreaths to Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.
"There's a lot of families that aren't here and can't make the opportunity to come down and put wreaths or flowers on tombstones," said Domingo Torres, who served in the Marine Corps. for 25 years.
The tradition in Onslow County stems back 12 years.
"A woman from Civil Air Patrol, her name was Marianna Flegal, and she came to the cemetery with two cases of wreaths and two cadets," said Kimberly Morton, location coordinator for Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
Members of the community raised enough money to buy the wreaths after Hurricane Florence canceled fundraisers.
"I think it shows the community hasn't forgotten our veterans and that's my main goal and everything that we do is that the veterans who have given so much are not forgotten," said Pat Walker, co-coordinator of the event.
Thursday's arrival of wreaths was welcomed with a police escort, motorcyclists and two trucks filled with Christmas decorations.
The money raised totaled about $57,000. The wreath-laying ceremony takes place Saturday at noon.