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Fallen veterans honored during the holidays

Families in Eugene gathered to honor the lives of fallen veterans by placing a wreath on their graves.

Posted: Dec 16, 2017 7:10 PM

EUEGENE, Ore. --  Community members paid a special tribute to hundreds of veterans across the country during this holiday season.

The event is called Wreaths Across America. This annual tradition honors all men and women who have served and families who are without their loved ones.

The wreaths are handmade by a farm in Maine and they are distributed to cemeteries all across the country.

“Wreaths Across America puts a wreath on the grave of every veteran in the Arlington National Cemetery and my dad is buried there,” said Mike Flowers, spokesperson for the Mahlon Sweet Composite Squadron. “So I know that even though I can't be there people remember my dad during the holiday season."

The event was held at the Musgrove Family Mortuaries & Cemetaries and was organized by members of the Civil Air Patrol, Mahlon Sweet Composite Squadron, and the US Marine Corps.

“It's a way of saying, we remember your sacrifice, we remember your service, and it means everything to us...what you did for our country," he said.

Saturday marked the 6th year they have partnered to honor the fallen veterans.

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