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Volunteers lay wreaths on Veterans' graves

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

East Texans pitched in to observe the veterans ceremony of wreaths across America. It started decades ago, with a single veteran laying a Christmas wreath on a grave at Arlington national cemetery. Today its a nation-wide observance. It was a solemn remembrance at Rosewood Park cemetery in Gregg county of those who have given service to country.

"Ceremonies all over the country and even over the world at 12 o'clock noon eastern time are laying wreaths to honor our fallen veterans," says Gregg county civil air patrol captain Carolyn Morton.

Civil air patrol members and volunteers placed a wreath at the base of flags representing each branch of service.

"It is a time to spend just a moment to remember their sacrifices," Morton says.

For Stephen Newman , a Vietnam veteran , its a time to honor his friends who gave their lives in southeast Asia.

"I'm here to honor the fallen men members of all branches I lost a few buddies, when we came back, we didn't have respect like these young men coming back now" Newman says.

For Becky Montgomery, who's husband served in the Air Force, the ceremony was heartfelt.

"It was very touching and just meant so much to me that he would be remembered, its very nice for them to be remembered," Montgomery says.

"It is beautiful to look out and see all the wreaths laid and all the work these young people have done," said Wanda Costa, who's husband served in the marines.

"Its been real impressive , and I think its worthwhile for their service," said Della Mason, who's husband was a Korean war veteran.

One-hundred-and-76 wreaths were laid in today's ceremony at Rosewood Park cemetery.

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