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Wreaths Across America laid in Black Hills


More than a hundred people, many with wreath in hand, honor and remember our nations Veterans.
They gathered at the Black Hills National Cemetery and Hot Springs National Cemetery for a holiday wreath laying ceremony.

The event featured a wreath laid to honor each branch of the military, the Merchant Marines, as well as Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action.

Stan Takahashi with the Northern Hills Knights of Columbus says the holiday wreath laying tradition began back in 2006 with a Maine based wreath company.

"It was started by the Worcester Wreath Company out of Maine. The owner had some additional wreaths, saw the National Cemetery in Arlington and thought it'd be a good idea to honor those buried there," said Takahashi.
They laid wreaths on a visible portion of Arlington National Cemetery, then through photos the idea spread across the rest of the VA's 131 National Cemeteries.

And although many are touched by Sunday morning's ceremony they believe honoring Veterans shouldn't just be limited to a single day.
"It shouldn't just be this day, that we honor our Veteran's we should honor our Veterans everyday, especially the ones serving now, and the ones that have served before," said Dr Dennis Edwards District 2 Commander with the American Legion.
Family members laid wreaths on loved ones graves, and graves of strangers to say "Thank you."

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