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Altus Airmen honor veterans through wreath laying tradition

Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Altus City Cemetery.

U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Leard, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander, lays a wreath during the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Altus City Cemetery, Dec. 14, 2019, in Altus, Okla. As part of National Wreaths Across America Day, volunteers from more than 2,100 different locations, placed wreaths on individual veterans’ graves to honor fallen service members. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman First Class Dallin Wrye)

Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Altus City Cemetery.

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 97th Air Mobility Wing honor guard team carry wreaths during the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Altus City Cemetery, Dec. 14, 2019, in Altus, Okla. The Wreaths Across America ceremony honors veterans from the revolutionary war to the present day. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman First Class Dallin Wrye)

Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Altus City Cemetery.

A veteran’s grave is honored with three wreaths during the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at the Altus City Cemetery, Dec. 14, 2019, in Altus, Okla. The wreaths, which are laid on the gravestones during the holiday season, represent eternity, continuity, and memory towards the fallen heroes. (U.S Air Force Photo by Airman First Class Dallin Wrye)

National Wreath Laying Ceremony

Altus Air Force Base Airmen and community members honor fallen service members by placing wreaths on their graves during the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Altus City Cemetery, Dec. 14, 2019, Altus, Okla. The Wreaths Across America organization’s mission is to remember, honor and teach by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies around the world. (U.S Air Force Photo by Airman First Class Dallin Wrye)

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Altus Air Force Base Airmen continue to remember through the Wreaths Across America ceremony, which honors those who have served, at the Altus City Cemetery, Dec. 14, 2019, Altus, Okla. As part of National Wreaths Across America Day, volunteers from more than 2,100 different locations placed wreaths on individual veterans’ graves to honor fallen service members. The mission of the ceremony is to remember, honor and teach the public by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies around the world. The ceremony honors all veterans who have served in the revolutionary war to the present day. The wreaths, which are laid on the gravestones during the holiday season, represent eternity, continuity, and memory toward the fallen heroes.

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