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East Texans participate in Wreaths Across America

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LONGVIEW (KYTX) - National Wreaths Across America day was marked by people all across the country honoring our fallen military by placing wreaths on their grave markers. In Longview, a wreath laying day at the rosewood park cemetery.

With a moment of silence, this group is honoring the troops who are no longer with us.

"It's well worth the patriotism and the joy you feel, for those who are worthy of honor," said east Texan Dawn Apple.

The gathering is a part of the National Wreaths Across America Day.

"At the exact same time all across the nation a moment of silence  was observed and wreaths were laid all across the nation," said 2nd Lt. of the Civil Air Patrol Stacie Smith. Thanks to work put in by her cadets, all 400 veteran graves at the Rosewood Park Cemetery were marked with a wreath.

Community leaders, members and children took the time to participated

122 "Teaching the children that the price that was paid for the freedoms that we have," said Smith.

Wreaths are being laid all across America, and people that  came to this event say laying a wreath is a small token to show their  appreciate to our military men and women.

"To be  able to remember those that have gone before us and to show those that  go behind us, it's worth the time it takes to remember those who have fallen," said Navy veteran Will Apple. 

He still gets choked up seeing so many others showing appreciation to his fellow servicemen.

Apple's wife said making this effort to lay a wreath gives her a special feeling.

"It makes you feel like a part of the heritage, to be able to do a small part," she said.

Seeing parents with small children shows there is hope for the future to continue to the tradition of fighting for and honoring our country.

Smith said, "It's too easy to slip into thinking that it's always been that way  and it's important to fight and stand and respect what the men and women  had done.

Over 800 locations participated in national wreaths across America day. Representatives say although we honor our troops on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, troops serve everyday.
During this time of year many servicemen aren't at the family table. So this is another way to remember their service and sacrifice.

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