Thousands of wreaths arrive at Camp Nelson National Cemetery

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The holidays are a time to be with your family and friends, but some people will have an empty seat at the dinner table because their loved one died fighting for our freedom.

Thousands of wreaths from “Wreaths Across America” will show everyone that our service men and woman aren’t forgotten this holiday season.

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More than 10,000 wreaths arrived at Camp Nelson National Cemetery and each wreath will be laid down on a fallen hero’s grave.

Every wreath comes from Maine and is purchased through sponsors.

This year, there will be more than double the amount of wreaths than last year at Camp Nelson.\



The wreaths are shipped to Kentucky on a truck and once it arrives volunteers start unloading.

“I’m here so we can show some respect for the veterans that gave their lives,” said David Arnold, Volunteer.

David Arnold volunteers with his brother every year. He served in the Army National Guard for nine years. He says several members of his family served including his father.

On Saturday, around 700 volunteers have signed up to lay wreaths on fallen hero’s graves.

Arnold says he will lay lots of wreaths, but he will make sure he lays one on his father’s and uncles’ graves.

“Being able to honor their service and their sacrifice makes it all worth it,” said Arnold.

There will be a ceremony open to the public at Camp Nelson National Cemetery on Saturday at noon. After the ceremony, people will lay the wreaths.