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Holiday wreaths placed on Veterans' graves
LEE, N.Y. (WKTV) - Wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans across the country on Saturday and here at home. More than 250 holiday wreaths were placed on graves at the Rome Cemetery and the Evergreen Cemetery in Lee.
There was a moment of silence at noon, followed by a ceremony. Volunteers from EADS, Air Force Junior ROTC cadets from RFA and Rome Boy and Girl Scouts assisted in placing the wreaths.
It is part of a nationwide effort.
Captain Robert Ornsbee, a squadrant commander from Fort Drum, said, "The reason we put the wreaths out is just to let everyone know we haven't forgotten our veterans and we selected a special day which is december 15th and on that day all over the united state we go out and remember our fallen and remember those who served."
Wreaths were placed on the graves of 400,000 veterans at 800 cemeteries across the United States.
Captain Ornsbee says it teaches children the value of the freedoms they enjoy today.