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Wreaths Across America

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LAWTON, Okla__ Across the country today, a special tribute of honor and respect is being paid to the men and women who dedicated their lives to service and protecting America's freedoms. 

At cemeteries nationwide, US Veterans were honored today by having a holiday wreath laid on their grave site.

Right here in Lawton at the Highland Cemetery, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association helped to lay more than 300 wreaths.

"It's events like this that bring to mind exactly what it is we are here for," Justin Shelley said.

Justin Shelley is a part of the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association, and as a veteran himself he makes sure he remembers those who fought and gave the ultimate sacrifice before him.

"You got to remember as far back as you can.  Those individuals who gave their lives to make our country what it is today," Shelley said.

Many veterans, active duty members, and civilians braved the chilling winds at Highland Cemetery to honor the service of those laid to rest there, and the cold weather was last thing on their minds.

"It's a bond it doesn't matter how far back it goes it's something that is there, and you see it when you see guys show up in weather like this to support it," Shelley said.

Karolyn Anders has been organizing Lawton's event for 3 years now.

She says it means so much to her because of the large number of veterans who have had a huge impact on her life over the years.

"It's a way to say thank you and give back to our veterans that are not here," Anders said.

She says it is the people who came to today's event that make her so proud to be an American.

"I am almost positive that there is not a single person that was here and stayed to watch the ceremony have anyone at this cemetery, but yet they came out in the cold and they did the ceremony, and they spent the time afterwards to put out the wreaths," Anders said.

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