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Thank you! Thousands of volunteers add wreaths to soldiers’ graves

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HOPEWELL, Va. -- Nearly 2,000 volunteers turned out Saturday in Hopewell to place wreaths on the graves of soldiers who fought for our nation's freedoms.

The city reached out for help and WTVR CBS 6 spread the word after City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell was given thousands of wreaths to place on the graves.

Organizers said after word spread, so many people volunteered that the task of placing the 6,000 wreaths on the tombstones took just 15 minutes.

If you did not get the chance to help this year, you can always volunteer next year.

Thousands of Civil War Union soldiers were buried  at the cemetery shortly after the end of the war. In the early 1900's the cemetery was opened up to all veterans. World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans are buried there.

Each year the wreath laying happens at Arlington National Cemetery as well as over 1,100 grave sites across the nation as part of Wreaths Across America.