Honoring those who've gone before

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commander, lays a wreath upon a veteran’s grave during a Wreaths Across America ceremony at Belvedere Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 17, 2016. Wreaths Across America’s mission is remember, honor, teach; remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commander, lays a wreath upon a veteran’s grave during a Wreaths Across America ceremony at Belvedere Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 17, 2016. Wreaths Across America’s mission is remember, honor, teach; remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)

Goodfellow Air Force Base members stand beneath an American flag while practicing the laying of the wreaths around the flag’s base for Wreaths Across America at Belvedere Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 17, 2016.  Wreaths representing all services were placed at the flagpole. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)

Goodfellow Air Force Base members stand beneath an American flag while practicing the laying of the wreaths around the flag’s base for Wreaths Across America at Belvedere Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 17, 2016. Wreaths representing all services were placed at the flagpole. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)

Forth Concho volunteers, Combat Vets Association members and San Angelo members bow their heads during the invocation for Wreaths Across America at Belvedere Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 17, 2016. The ceremony was to honor and give thanks to all deceased veterans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)

Forth Concho volunteers, Combat Vets Association members and San Angelo members bow their heads during the invocation for Wreaths Across America at Belvedere Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 17, 2016. The ceremony was to honor and give thanks to all deceased veterans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)

Goodfellow Air Force Base color guard stands ready for the playing of the National Anthem for Wreaths Across America at Belvedere Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 17, 2016. Every December, Wreaths Across America begins in the Arlington Cemetery and travels across the nation, laying wreaths at veteran cemeteries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)

Goodfellow Air Force Base color guard stands ready for the playing of the National Anthem for Wreaths Across America at Belvedere Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 17, 2016. Every December, Wreaths Across America begins in the Arlington Cemetery and travels across the nation, laying wreaths at veteran cemeteries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)

Chris Morgan, Veteran’s Day volunteer, plays Amazing Grace on bagpipes after a wreath demonstration for Wreaths Across America at Belvedere Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 17, 2016.  The tradition of the wreath laying ceremony began at Arlington National Cemetery in 1992 and has grown to more than 600 locations across the nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)

Chris Morgan, Veteran’s Day volunteer, plays Amazing Grace on bagpipes after a wreath demonstration for Wreaths Across America at Belvedere Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas, Dec. 17, 2016. The tradition of the wreath laying ceremony began at Arlington National Cemetery in 1992 and has grown to more than 600 locations across the nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/released)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Every year since 1992, Wreaths Across America makes its way state-to-state, cemetery-to-cemetery with the intention to glorify and honor the fallen veterans that make up our past.

Communities across the nation call upon WAA to bring wreaths for every fallen veteran.

For San Angelo, this event took place at the Belvedere Cemetery Dec. 17. Civilians, veterans and Goodfellow Air Force Base members came out to volunteer their time to lay out the wreaths.

According to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org, Morrill Worcester, Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington owner, used the company's surplus of wreaths in 1992 to honor the nation's veterans by placing wreaths on the headstones in one of the older sections of Arlington, receiving fewer visitors each year. In 2005, a photo of the wreaths at Arlington hit the internet and thousands of requests poured in from people who wanted to help and copy the Arlington project at national and state cemeteries.

“I personally haven’t had any instances of losing a friend or a close one but I do realize, like the old saying goes, ‘you don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been,” said Senior Airman Stephen Muldoon, 17th Medical Support Squadron. “This is paying respect to all those individuals who came before us.”