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Volunteers place wreaths at Florence National Cemetery

December 17, 2017 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. — Several hundred people turned out Saturday for at Florence National Cemetery’s Wreaths Across America.

Florence radio personality Bill Pickle was the featured speaker for the event, which was promoted by Rolling Thunder SC4, Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina and Warrior Watch Riders of South Carolina. The ceremony started at noon at the committal shelter in the new section of the cemetery.

Blue Star Mothers were delivered to the event in antique cars with motorcycle escorts.

The event, which started in Florence in 2010 with “several hundred wreaths,” has grown to 5,900 wreaths this year.

Following the program the volunteers spread out over both the old and new sections of the cemetery to place wreaths with some volunteers working to track down specific markers of loved ones.

The wreath event is one of two each year at Florence National Cemetery. The next will take place on the Saturday before Memorial Day when every marker in the cemetery will receive an American flag ahead of Monday’s Memorial Day Service.