ST. LOUIS — Veterans were honored Saturday as community members placed wreaths on their graves as part of National Wreaths Across America day. 

Volunteers with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 5651 helped lay wreaths at Jefferson Barracks.

They do this every year on behalf of the veterans’ loved ones.

“We will put them on people’s loved ones that have paid $15 a wreath. And then after we distribute ours then we will go to meet the rest of our people, and then put down a mass amount,” said Renee Betlach.

They said they’re committed to honoring those who are gone but not forgotten.

“For their service, for their sacrifice, for our freedom,” said volunteer Rhonda Degeal. “Once we lay the wreaths for the people that purchased the wreaths, then we take a picture and we send it to their loved ones so that they know that we were here, and we said hello and thanked their family member for their service,”

The wreaths across America mission to remember, honor and teach is carried out each December through coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 3,400 locations, across all 50 U.S. States, including Arlington national cemetery.

30,000 wreaths were laid at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery to honor fallen veterans.

 “It brings tears of joy to us when we lay down the wreaths and we say a little prayer, and tell them thank you for their service,” said Betlach. “We leave a penny to let their loved ones know that we were here visiting. And it’s just a very good feeling”

The National Wreaths Across America Day tradition began in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetary.

A total of 2.4 million wreaths for interred veterans at sea and abroad will be placed.

Wreaths were also laid at Resurrection Cemetery, Calvary Cemetery and St. Charles Memorial Garden Cemeteries.