FORT JACKSON, SC (WIS)- "A lot of times we don't know what to do for our service men and women, and you think - what can I do to show them we care - this is how we can show them we care," Carol Davis observed just a few moments before noon on this chilly December day.
At that moment, a ceremony began at Fort Jackson.. and nearly every national cemetery.
even the ones overseas, near the beaches of Normandy and in the Pacific.
Veteran Philip Collins came to lay a wreath for his friends.
"It's a real wonderful thing and appreciation for what we all had to go through," Collins said.
It all started about 20 years ago, when a businessman wound up with too many holiday wreaths. He donated them to the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Since then, his annual wreath donation to Arlington has expanded across the nation.
Fannie Johnson visits her husband's grave -- every week.
"It's very emotional. I feel a closeness and I know how he loved the military and would be very proud that I'm doing this."