Wreaths for Warriors event honors fallen soldiers at Fort Stewart

FORT STEWART (WTOC) - It was an emotional day at Fort Stewart as people from across the country visited Cottrell Field to remember those killed serving our country.

The 10th annual Wreaths for Warriors Walk (W4WW) ceremony was held on Saturday, where 468 trees were planted in honor of their family members and our fallen heroes.

At the event, the trees were guarded by soldiers who present the wreath to the family with a salute and the family then places the wreath at the base of the tree. The white flowering crape myrtles represent the fallen heroes and let their family know they are not forgotten.

Organizers say it is currently the only installation in the country with a living memorial.

"It's a living memorial as they said it blooms every spring and it symbolizes life and the life that they had," said LeAnn Womack.

"It's a tangible place for those families to come back to. If you go from tree to tree you will see different momentous that family members have left, or that battle buddies have left," said Bruce Muncher, W4WW.

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