Wisconsin Legion Riders wreath-laying ceremony

Led by the Wisconsin American Legion Riders, hundreds of volunteers place 5,400 wreaths on graves at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Photos by Lucas Carter/The American Legion.

5,400 wreaths were laid at Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
5,400 wreaths were laid at Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
5,400 wreaths were laid at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
5,400 wreaths were laid at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
National Vice Commander Dave Gough lays a wreath at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
National Vice Commander Dave Gough lays a wreath at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
Navy veteran John Pellegrino of Wausau, Wis., lays a wreath at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
Navy veteran John Pellegrino of Wausau, Wis., lays a wreath at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
District 8 Legion Riders provided a military salute after 5,400 wreaths were laid at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wisc., on Saturday, December 12 as a part Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
District 8 Legion Riders provided a military salute after 5,400 wreaths were laid at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wisc., on Saturday, December 12 as a part Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
Mike Syring of the Wausau, Wis., Post 10 color guard prepares before the ceremony after 5,400 wreaths were laid at Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
Mike Syring of the Wausau, Wis., Post 10 color guard prepares before the ceremony after 5,400 wreaths were laid at Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
Bruce Jacobs of Freedom, Wis., a member of the Patriot Guard, holds a flag during the ceremony after 5,400 wreaths were laid at Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wisc., on Saturday, December 12 as a part Wreaths Across America. Photo by Luc
Bruce Jacobs of Freedom, Wis., a member of the Patriot Guard, holds a flag during the ceremony after 5,400 wreaths were laid at Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wisc., on Saturday, December 12 as a part Wreaths Across America. Photo by Luc
A group of active-duty Marines walk through the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
A group of active-duty Marines walk through the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
Legion Rider Todd Braun salutes a wreath during a ceremony after 5,400 wreaths were laid at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
Legion Rider Todd Braun salutes a wreath during a ceremony after 5,400 wreaths were laid at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
Mark Kryshak, band director at Waupaca High School, plays Taps after 5,400 wreaths were laid at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
Mark Kryshak, band director at Waupaca High School, plays Taps after 5,400 wreaths were laid at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
Patriot Guard members put away flags after 5,400 wreaths were laid at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.
Patriot Guard members put away flags after 5,400 wreaths were laid at the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis., on Saturday, December 12 as a part of Wreaths Across America. Photo by Lucas Carter.