ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - In the lead-up to Christmas, a labor of love was carried out Saturday in Fort Wayne and across the country to honor veterans who've sacrificed for our freedoms.
A ceremony was held mid-day inside a chapel at Lindenwood Cemetery.
Wreaths were set up on display to honor each branch of the service, and to pay tribute to prisoners of war and veterans missing in action.
Later, wreaths were laid at gravesites outdoors.
A total of 750 memorial wreaths are being placed at headstones and markers in five local cemeteries this week-end, in conjunction with National Wreaths Across America Day, an annual event observed at 1,600 locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad.
"So, I grew up seeing how important it was to honor them. And now since I have children, I want to share with them how important that is, that they gave everything, for our freedoms and the things that we enjoy in this country," said Alexandra Russell, who took part in the event.
"(President) Calvin Coolidge said a nation that forgets its heroes, will itself soon be forgotten. So even back in the early days, we recognized that remembering our veterans was going to be very important," said Anthony Vining, the deputy commander of the Fort Wayne Civil Air Patrol, which took a lead role in the local wreath laying campaign.
The Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution also made contributions to the effort.