More than 8,000 wreaths marked the graves in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery after the 11th Annual Wreaths for Vets service on Saturday.

The organization collects and cleans wreaths for the event every year so hundreds of volunteers can honor those laid to rest by placing the wreaths at each grave.

After a short service, gold star family members placed large wreaths on the memorial stones in front of the cemetery and took a few minutes to remember their loved ones.

Thanks to the help of 3,000 volunteers, every grave site was covered in a little more than an hour.

Friends of the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery need more wreaths every year because around 800 soldiers have been buried each of the past three years.

But thanks to the donations of individuals throughout the community, the organization was able to raise the $50,000 needed to make it through 2017.

If you would like to support Wreaths for Vets, visit their website at