Debbie McLain walked her red, white and blue cowboy boots out of the large crowd of people who were standing with their hands by their sides and over their hearts. She carefully chose a wreath and placed it front of a tombstone. Placing her hand over her heart, she patted it three times and saluted.
"I think the general public still cares about our veterans," said Sherman Burres, after the Wreaths Across American opening ceremony. Hundreds of people came out to Volusia Memorial Park in Ormond Beach to the event that honors local veterans lives every December. Though the event is held at over 1,000 locations all over the country, this was the first year it was done in Ormond Beach.
"We felt we needed to be in East Volusia County," said Burres, the organizer of the event. "We want our veterans here to be recognized."
Members from Ormond Strong and Team Red, White and Blue were at the event, as well as members from the Rolling Thunder Inc., Florida Chapter 8 and the Veterans Assistance Coalition, who volunteered.
There were 360 wreaths placed at Volusia Memorial Park and 24 placed at Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery Dec. 17.