Miami Valley Young Marines lay wreaths on veterans' headstones for Wreaths Across America


    Miami Valley Young Marines lay wreaths on veterans' headstones for Wreaths Across America (WKEF/WRGT)

    DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Across the country Saturday, hundreds of thousands of wreaths were laid on the graves of the men and women who have served and died for America.

    Wreaths Across America is an annual tradition that is fueled by volunteers.

    Here in the Miami Valley, some of those volunteers are members of the Miami Valley Young Marines. The group is for kids ages 8 to 18 and has 37 members locally.

    On Saturday, despite the rain, the young members laid wreaths at the graves of veterans at the Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery. Keagan Miller is the unit commander for Miami Valley Young Marines. He said it's important to have youth involved in a mission like this, "Show them the sacrifices that have been made by our veterans and let them help give back to them in this way."

    Thousands of holiday wreaths to be laid on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery

    Hundreds of thousands of wreaths were laid at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday. Similar ceremonies happened at hundreds of other locations across the country. Overall, tens of thousands of volunteers around are helping with 1. 8 million wreaths for Wreaths Across America. At Arlington Nationals Cemetery alone, the goal was to lay around 225 thousand.

    If your child would like to join the Miami Valley Young Marines, you can learn more here.

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