DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — 2,300 funeral homes across the country took time out of their weekend to lay wreaths on the grave of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

That includes Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Dothan, where hundreds gathered to lay more than 500 wreaths.

Wreaths Across America started in 1992 thanks to a paperboy in Maine, but it wasn’t until 2005 that it went viral online and became a nationwide event.

This year celebrates year 15 of Sunset Memorial holding this event, an event that continues to grow in the area.

“It gets better every year,” Funeral Home Director, Robert Byrd said. “Just an honor to get to do this for our community and remember our veterans. You know this is a happy time of year, Christmas time and we don’t want to forget about those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Each wreath is the same with a red ribbon tied on the top, but each wreath is a symbol of honor, remembrance, and love.

Family members of veterans each grabbed a wreath and then made the walk to the tombstone where they laid the wreath at the foot of it.

“People want to honor their loved ones, especially at Christmas time because that’s when you miss them,” Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Embasse-Robert Grierson Chapter, Jessica Gautney said. “Well, you miss them all of the time, but especially during the holidays.”

Nearly 400 of the wreaths were purchased by Dothan Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol cadets, who raised money throughout the year for this event.

“We work really really hard throughout the year to make sure that every veteran’s grave gets honored and gets remembered,” Dothan Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol, Deputy Commander for Cadets, First Lieutenant Rachel Pridgen said.

Last year saw nearly 3,100 cemeteries take part in Wreaths Across America, Gautney says they laid 500 wreaths, but just think about how many wreaths are being laid nationwide.