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Wreaths arrive for holiday Veterans tradition

Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 4:27 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Fallen veterans are being remembered this holiday season through Wreaths Across America ceremonies.

This event originally began at Arlington National Cemetery and over time Wreaths Across America grew to become a nationwide event.

Thursday close to 600 wreaths made their way from Maine to Sunset Memorial Park in Dothan, all in preparation for the Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday.

The focus of the tradition is allowing communities to honor, remember and teach youth about our nation’s veterans and their sacrifices during the holiday season.

“We’re so close to Fort Rucker and we love our veterans, and we want to honor them, and we just love this time of year,” said Sunset Memorial Park Director Robert Byrd. “It is a busy time of year, we got that, and everybody is thinking about Christmas, so we’ve got that, but we need to remember the ones that have gone before us and respect our veterans and their families.”

Sunset Memorial’s Wreaths Across America ceremony will begin on Saturday at noon.

Family members are welcome to attend and a wreath may be taken to place on a veteran’s gravesite at another cemetery as well.

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