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Community remembers fallen soldiers and vets at "Wreaths Across America" ceremony

More than 250 community members came out to recognize local vets who have died by placing a wreath on their tombstone

Posted: Dec. 15, 2018 9:38 PM
Updated: Dec. 15, 2018 11:48 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Indiana Veterans Home held its 6th annual "Wreaths Across America" ceremony at noon on Dec. 15.

More than 250 community members came out to recognize local fallen soldiers and vets who have died by placing a wreath on their tombstone.

Honors students from Wainwright Middle School held a fundraiser, which helped purchase 18 wreaths.

Kathy Martin, Weinwright's honors society advisor started the fundraiser with students after a former graduate died in combat in 2012.

She said it's always an eye opening experience for the kids.

“I think they're kind of Aw-struck right now. We tried to prepare them ahead of time. Another teacher that's here with them is a marine veteran so he's been also talking to them about what this means,” said Martin.

Pam Mow, co-coordinator of the West Lafayette "Wreaths Across America" event is a mother who lost her son in service. She said taking time to recognize fallen soldiers is always important.

“When a veteran dies, they die twice, we don't want that second time to happen, it's when nobody mentions their name anymore so today is all about being a witness,” said Mow.

Wreaths were $15 a piece. Wabash National made a donation, which was able to fund most of the wreaths placed during the event.

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