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‘Wreaths Across America’ Makes a Stop in Waynesboro

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A national effort to honor veterans during the holidays has arrived in Waynesboro. The journey that began in Maine made a stop at Fishburne Military School on Tuesday.

Wreaths Across America is a wreath-laying ceremony that was started in Arlington National Cemetery 20 years ago. Now there are wreath-laying ceremonies in all 50 states.

The message is to remember those who've died, honor those who serve and teach young people that, as Fishburne cadet Yale Oserof says, "the freedoms we enjoy today are not without a price."

Eight wreaths were presented, one for each branch of the military, one for Private First Class Mike Metcalf, a former Fishburne cadet who died serving in Afghanistan, and one for prisoners of war missing in action.

"Ceremonies like this serve to remind everybody that we are still fighting and that men and women are still dying overseas. We can't grow weary in recognizing their sacrifice until we get every one of them home," said Col. Gary Morrison, Fishburne superintendent.

The next stop for the Wreaths Across America truck will be Tennessee, then Mississippi and Texas.

Reported by Tara Todd.

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