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Volunteers honor fallen veterans with wreath laying at Biloxi National Cemetery

This is just the third year the Crusaders for Veterans have hosted the wreath laying program, spreading out nearly 10,000 wreaths throughout the cemetery this year. (Photo source: WLOX) This is just the third year the Crusaders for Veterans have hosted the wreath laying program, spreading out nearly 10,000 wreaths throughout the cemetery this year. (Photo source: WLOX)
The Crusaders for Veterans will need just as many volunteers on January 9th when they pick up and store the holiday wreaths for next season. (Photo source: WLOX) The Crusaders for Veterans will need just as many volunteers on January 9th when they pick up and store the holiday wreaths for next season. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Christmas is a time to give back, and hundreds of people showed their holiday spirit at Biloxi National Cemetery Saturday morning, giving back to those who served our country.

"When I first started coming up here for it there was a couple of hundred people here, and now you got what three, four thousand people here now," Stanley Baker of Wiggins said.

Together, the volunteers had one goal - to honor the brave men and women who have fallen by placing a holiday wreath near their headstone. Many in the crowd had family members resting beneath the frosty grass.

"My son and my father are here," Connie Debenport of Long Beach said as a tear ran down her cheek.

"I had two brothers and both of them were in the Army," Ruth Spillers of Moss Point said.

This is just the third year the Crusaders for Veterans have hosted the wreath laying program, spreading out nearly 10,000 wreaths throughout the cemetery this year.

"It's amazing. It's absolutely amazing," Debenport said with a smile.

Whether it was family members coming to pay their respects to loved ones for the holidays, or those with no military connection, everyone admitted getting a a little emotional at the show of support. That support also makes them even more proud to be an American.

The Crusaders for Veterans will need just as many volunteers on January 9th when they pick up and store the holiday wreaths for next season. For more information on how you can donate to the organization or buy a wreath for next year, visit: http://crusadersforveterans.net/

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