KALISPELL, Mont. -

Residents gathered in Depot Park on Saturday morning for a Wreaths Across America ceremony hosted by the Flathead Civil Air Patrol. Folks paid their respects to those who have fallen as well as honored those who are currently serving in our nation's armed forces.

665 wreaths were placed on veteran's graves at Conrad Memorial Cemetery, Glacier Memorial Gardens, and Eureka prior to the ceremony on Friday. Lieutenant Dale Rodwick tells NBC Montana that he's proud of his Civil Air Patrol kids as they reflect on our freedom - something so many have fought and died to protect.

"I'm amazed at the kids and how they step up," said Rodwick, "and they all just decided that this was what they were going to do this year. They were going to run the entire program. Of course with Senator Zinke in here it really helped focus it down. What I really like about this whole program is that all these kids just jump together and work together."

Last winter several wreaths were stolen from the graves at Glacier Memorial Gardens but Rodwick said both Conrad and Glacier have stepped up security measures for this season.