Wreaths Across America: Donation of wreaths fall short by 1,100 in South Florida

It took a procession of more than a hundred motorcycles and several semis, but more than 10,000 wreaths made it safely to South Florida's National Cemetery.

Wreaths Across America is a national effort that honors military veterans but in South Florida, the organization fell short on donations.

Behind every freedom we enjoy each day are the men and women who defended it. 

"My dad is buried out here and I thought it was something my children should see," said Heather Trieschmann, the daughter of a veteran buried at South Florida National Cemetery.

"My husband is buried here and I will be buried here," said Carol Fraser from American Legion Post 385.

Wreaths Across America depends on donations to lay memorial wreaths on the gravesites of 12,000 veterans.

"We have to get more wreaths next year than we did this year," said Jim Kamen, a Patriot Guard Member.

The Wreaths Across America organization was hoping to get 12,000 wreaths donated, they felt short of about 1,100.

And with almost 3,000 veterans buried here each year, the need for the wreaths is only growing.

"There's a lot of veterans here where nobody even comes, so at least on this day we all come and show our respect," said Ramon Aguiar, from American Legion Post 385.

Earlier this week, the Patriot Guard Riders were met with another hurdle.

They asked Florida Highway Patrol to suspend the tolls along the turnpike.

That request was denied but Patriot Guard member Jim Kamen says FHP did provide extra patrols for their safety.

Saturday's ceremony reached out to the younger generation as well as the veterans whose names will be read years from now.

"It would be important to be recognized," said Fraser.

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