Wreaths Across America ceremony held at Togus

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - A wreath-laying ceremony was held locally at the Togus West Cemetery in Augusta.

Suzanne Pare, Hammond Lumber Company, said, "We are here to honor our fallen heroes and place a wreath on each headstone."

Roughly 32,000 wreaths made their way from Belgrade to Augusta for the ceremony.

"When we place the wreath we say the name of the fallen hero so that they would be remembered. It's said that a veteran dies twice. Once when they take their last breath and the second time when their name is said for the last time."

This is the 6th year a ceremony has been held at the cemetery and the first year that Hammond Lumber has been involved.

"We raised around 28 thousand dollars and were able to sponsor 1,820 wreaths. So, we were really very very proud to be part of this wonderful organization to remember and honor our veterans."

Volunteers from near and far made the trek to help lay the wreaths across the cemetery.

"It's important that we honor the veterans that came from Maine. It's very important that we remember, while we are enjoying our freedoms and celebrating the holidays there are people in the background who are protecting our freedoms and this is a wonderful way to do that."