The sixth annual Wreaths for Warriors Walk ceremony this weekend will be bigger in 2012 as more families of fallen soldiers take part.
"We've had the families of 38 soldiers confirm they're coming as of Wednesday," explained Ret. LTC Tony Justi, president of Wreaths for Warriors Walk. "That's twice as many as we had last year."
He said more families are aware of the holiday observance and grateful for the attention paid to the 443 memorial trees beyond their initial planting.
"We began this to just put out wreaths. Justi added. "Then we invited families and they told us how much it mean to them. Their biggest worry is that their soldier's sacrifice will be forgotten and it isn't."
Warriors Walk opened in 2003 in tribute to the Third Infantry soldiers killed while deployed in the War on Terror. An Eastern Redbud tree is planted for each soldier. The ceremony will take place at noon Saturday.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:46 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:46:56 GMT
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