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Wreaths across America: soldiers remembered nationwide

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Just days before Christmas, hundreds of thousands of wreaths adorn soldiers' graves. Wreaths across America is a way to recognize the service, dedication and sacrifice of our fallen soliders.

 Fort Stewart held its annual Wreaths for Warrior's Walk where 466 soldiers were honored.

"These family members lost their loved one in a traumatic way," said Bruce Muncher, Wreaths for Warrior's Walk Co-founder.  

But for those who are still grieving, this is way to help them heal.

"They come back every year, they enjoy seeing each other," said Muncher.  

Wreaths were placed on graves throughout the nation.

For one father in Birmingham, it means a lot. His son Jonathan was just 22 years old when he was killed in Iraq in 2005.

"Of course I miss my son everyday but at Christmas time you have all the memories coming back and it's a little tougher," said Gary Smith.  

Even though it's a day for remembrance, some veterans in South Carolina are reminded how their journey started.

"Ted has the distinction of being one of these guys that was so dumb that he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 15. He snuck in underage and served three years before he was even 18," said John Cummer.  

"I was pretty much old enough to join by the time I got out," said Ted Teagle.

And for the soldiers who are still serving, it's a surreal day as they march for their friends.

"Our comrades, we honor them every year by doing this," said Lt. Col. Gregory Bryan Walker, 3rd ID Chaplain.

There were 15 services in Georgia and 14 in South Carolina.

For more information on how you can help with Wreaths across America log onto their website at http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

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