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Laying wreaths to honor veterans

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BARRE, Vt. -

Steven Watson came to Hope Cemetery in Barre to pay his respects to the fallen heroes of our country.

"Honor those people who are not here with us, and the people that are not going to be home with their families," says Watson of Berlin.

Family members of veterans and the volunteer troops of the Civil Air Patrol gather on National Wreaths Across America Day, to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate price while in service for our country. For Watson, laying these wreaths at veterans' graves hits home especially hard.

"My father - he served in Vietnam and Korea - and I have two brothers that are veterans, and actually one is still serving in the air guard," says Watson.

The ceremonies start at the same time all across the country, laying down wreaths representing every branch of military service - and prisoners of war and those missing in action.

"Every day you should be thankful for what the veterans have done to serve this nation, to give us the freedom that we have. And today's just another day where we can show our thanks to them by laying these holiday wreaths at their graves," says Captain Richard Beach of the Civil Air Patrol.

Wreaths Across America began in 1992, and has been going strong ever since. All 50 states participate in laying wreaths to remember and honor our veterans.

"It's a great opportunity, for young people especially, to honor fallen veterans and reflect about the sacrifices veterans have made for our country," says Daniel Krezinski of the Civil Air Patrol.

In addition to Hope Cemetery, more than 700 other locations celebrated Wreaths Across America Day. All with the same message.

"Want to wish the troops all over the world... want to wish them a Merry Christmas, and thank you," says Watson.

Wreaths to say thank you to those fallen, and those still fighting, for freedom.

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