Volunteers take part in annual 'Wreaths across America" tradition

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NEWTON, Miss. (WTOK) - Volunteers from all over the country took part in an annual tradition today. 'Wreaths across America' is put on every year to honor those who gave their life for our freedoms. A special ceremony was held at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton this morning.

Veterans and families gathered at the Mississippi Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Newton to respect and honor those who served our country in the nationwide 'Wreaths across America' ceremony.

"It's one of the best programs we do all year long,” says Mississippi Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery director Henry Gruno.

This is the 7th year military members, families of lost loved ones and volunteers have placed remembrance wreaths on the more than 400 graves in the cemetery.

"Karen Worcester, who is the Executive Director of 'Wreaths Across America' said it best in one of her publications where she talked about the fact that we are not out here to decorate graves today, but to honor their life. Honor the fact that they sacrifice so much and their families sacrifice so much. "

Guest Speaker Brigadier General Billy M. Nabors explains how important it is to pay respect and recognize the men and women who fought for our freedoms.

"Without the men and women of our military, we wouldn't have the freedom we have today. If we ever forget that, we are not going to have that freedom very long,” explains General Nabors.

Gruno says this ceremony teaches the importance of honoring our fallen heroes to everyone.

"It teaches the kids what these people have done for their freedom,” mentions Gruno. “It raises awareness in the community to veteran’s benefits across the country and it just brings awareness to veterans in general."

The ceremony is held nationwide, in coordination with the laying of the wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.