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People gather locally to remember and lay wreaths for fallen veterans

Wreaths Across America in the Big bend
Posted at 6:55 PM, Dec 15, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Saturday, for the fifteenth year, wreaths were laid on tombstone's all across America to honor those soldiers that have lost their lives. At the Oakland cemetery in Tallahassee, a crowd of people gathered to remember.

For some Big Bend veterans, active service members and residents, Saturday was about remembering.

“It's part to remember that these are all members of our family. These are all men and women that have sacrificed, that have paid the price or served their country,” said Vietnam veteran Joe West.

“It makes me feel very proud actually. It's nice to see the people from the local community come out and participate in this,” said US Air Force veteran Lynn Damron.

Wreaths Across America started nearly fifteen years ago in Arlington, Virginia. Now, wreaths are laid for fallen soldiers all across the country.

And West says part of the reason they do this is so that these fallen soldiers are not just another statistic.

“These aren't just headstone. These aren't just used to be's, these are all people that had families and lived life and enjoyed life like we all do and it's good to know a little bit more about some of them,” said West.

Some of them that West says you may even become attached to.

“And go make sure that something stays on that headstone,” he said.

“This is not a stone that you're putting a wreath on. That there was a real live person at one time that served this country,” said Damron.

And as the wreaths were all laid out in rows, they remembered.