Veteran's cemeteries fell silent at noon on Saturday

Published: Dec. 20, 2016 at 3:58 PM EST
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- Veterans cemeteries across the country fell silent Saturday at noon. People gathered to remember the fallen, the prisoners of war, the missing in action and honor those who have served and are serving this nation. A Wreaths Across America ceremony was held at the northern Maine veterans cemetery. The wreaths displayed represent a united America remembering the fallen. They symbolize our honor to those that have served and the honor of those serving our nation. And to their families enduring sacrifices everyday on our behalf. "It's become a tradition at noon that every state cemetery and veterans cemetery to place wreaths. So this is happening. There's volunteers braving the cold all across Maine and the country," said David Richmond a volunteer and veteran.

The ceremony started with a moment of silence before wreaths were laid to represent each branch of service. As veterans looked on they spoke about what the ceremony meant to them. "Some of these veterans that are there and their bodies are there that's the only visit that they may get from anybody, is the individual that's putting that wreath on their stone," said veteran Lloyd Woods. The ceremony ended with silence as the last notes of the taps rang out through the cold wind.