It's National Wreaths Across America Day and some local volunteers honored fallen veterans by laying wreaths on their grave sites.

All across the country events have been coordinated to place wreaths on the grave sites of veterans -- in Grand Rapids, more than 4,000 wreaths were laid.

A local group has been laying wreaths since 2008. This year they laid twice as many wreaths as last year.

The national movement began in 1992, when the Worcester Wreath Company had a surplus.

Sonya VanValkenburg, president of the VFW Post 702 and Auxiliary, says she started volunteering years ago.

"They stole my heart -- this program honors all of them, every branch of the service and it's just wonderful to be apart of a national program like this," VanValkenburg said.

Saturday morning, volunteers, including Boy Scouts and their families, placed wreaths on graves at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Cemetery.

There was a remembrance ceremony at noon which included the playing of 'Taps' and honored speakers: GRHV COO, Scott Blakeney, GRHV member Ken Hammond, Eagle Scout Rick Conklin and Civil Air Patrol Maj. Keith Sikkema.

Volunteers tell us next year, they hope to lay 5,400 wreaths.