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Larry Vail places a wreath on the gravesite of a soldier during the Wreaths Across America event Dec. 17, 2016, at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

 

MOUNT VERNON — Knox County was well represented when more than 44,000 volunteers braved cold, rainy and icy conditions on Dec. 17, 2016, for the annual Wreaths Across America event. As many as 245,000 American veterans were honored with the laying of wreaths at their gravesites this year at Arlington National Cemetery.
For the 25th straight year, more than 60 truckloads of balsam wreaths decorated with red bows were trucked in from Maine so that America’s fallen heroes can be remembered and honored for their service. What began in 1992 with 5,000 leftover wreaths being donated to Arlington National Cemetery has now evolved into a national event with volunteers participating in the event from states around the country.

 

Alan Reed: 740-397-5333 or alan.reed@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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