Hundreds of people, consisting of veterans organizations, school groups, young cadet groups, boy scouts, girl scouts, churches and area residents turned out Saturday at the Cedar Hill Memorial Park in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, to pay their respects to thousands of local area military veterans who gave their lives for their country, as volunteers placed over 2,200 wreaths on the graves of veterans.

For the first time since it's inception in 1992, Wreaths Across America was held in the Lehigh Valley. Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization, was founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, begun by Maine businessman,Morrill Worcester.

This Lehigh Valley program was spearheaded by Carol Resh, Lowhill Township, whose son, Mark Resh, was killed in Iraq in 2007.

Resh told reporters how excited she was, pointing out that over 400 people turned out for the noon event.

Wreaths Across America was created 20 years ago by the owner of Worcester Wreath Co. of Maine, and has grown into a vast movement covering over 600 locations in all 50 states. Resh decided to bring the program to the Lehigh Valley after participating in last year's annual wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington.