Local citizens honor veterans at Arlington National Cemetery

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A total of 245,000 wreaths were placed in Arlington National Cemetery with 1.2 million wreaths placed on markers across the country in 1,238 locations.

Wreath-laden trucks sponsored by Covenant Transport and U.S. Xpress delivered the wreaths to the cemetery.

"It was a moving day and an honor to be part of such a massive worldwide program to remember our veterans and teach the next generation what it means to have the freedoms that we do", Dobrosielski told WHAV, adding that 1.5 million wreaths were placed nationwide.

This year, 1,400 cemeteries are participating, said Freeman.

Sam and Julie Boettcher of Custer brought their granddaughter, Alexys Schille of Rapid City, to the Wreaths Across America event. "We're here to remember not their deaths, but their lives".

Spitalere, who assists with the Hope for Hilldale cemetery cleanup effort each spring, is indebted the volunteers who spruced up the grounds so the Wreaths Across America event could take place.

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Consider all the ways this country would be different without the sacrifices made by veterans in wars since its very beginning, said Lt. Col. Richard Jurkowski, USAF (Retired).

WP Rawl, grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens continued their annual tradition of spreading Wreaths Across America in remembrance of fallen U.S. Veterans this December. "The older generations have carried the torch before us, both in war and in honoring veterans, and I'm glad it's my generation's turn to step up and do its part".

"It's a way of teaching my family our history", he said, noting that several members of his family served in the armed forces at one time or another.

"It's really special", he said.

According to a release, more than 8,307 wreaths were placed in 2016. "Many of these veterans, like myself, served in the Boy Scouts before they joined the military", he said. As one of the largest corporate supporters of WAA, Walmart donated $215,000 to help purchase more than 23,000 wreaths for placement at national cemeteries and memorial sites around the US, including Great Lakes National Cemetery.