'Wreaths Across America' Back in Rochester After 5-Year Hiatus

December 16, 2017 10:47 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Across the country and right here in Minnesota, people placed wreaths on the tombstones of fallen heroes Saturday to mark "National Wreaths Across America" Day.

Volunteers from the southeastern Minnesota Civil Air Force and others laid more than 200 wreaths at three area cemeteries to remember those who served.


"It's sad, but it's what it takes to be free. Freedom isn't free. You always have to fight for it and you always have to defend it," veteran Terry Throndson said.

This year was the first time in five years the event has been celebrated in Rochester, though Throndson said he and a few others still did what they could to put out wreaths around the holidays.

"It was very touching. When you're laying that wreath and you look down at their name, you kind of remember them, they gave it their all, and just honoring them and their families," Dylan Olive, a cadet in the Civil Air Force, said.

Organizers hope they can put out, even more, wreaths in future years.



Logan Reigstad

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