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Wreaths Across America honors soldiers

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PLOVER (WAOW) - In a sea of white at the Wisconsin Korean War Memorial in Plover, a few pieces of green lay on benches, as people celebrate and remember soldiers who won't be home for Christmas. It's called Wreaths Across America.

"This is a chance for us to take a pause from our every day preparations for the holiday season," said Terese Barta, the composite squadron commander.

This is the 10th year it's been held here. More than 425,000 wreaths from Maine are shipped around the world to be placed at more than 800 memorial sites. Plover received seven wreaths, one for each military branch.

"We've been getting a few more people every year and we're hoping it's something that grows as the years go on," said Barta.

"The Village of Plover especially our village board has a lot of pride in what our service men and woman have accomplished," said Dan Mahoney, the Village of Plover administrator.

Town officials say the ceremony is a time for the community to come together and appreciate how much soldiers sacrifice for our country.

"Step back to reflect and thank them for service to our country and it's a wonderful time to do that," said Mahoney.

"We always have time to think about our military and we should just stop and pause give some thought as we're busy doing our holiday preparations," said Barta.

So with Christmas in a few weeks, participants at the ceremony want people to remember and thank soldiers who give our country so much.

After the ceremony the wreaths were taken to Saint Paul’s Lutheran and Guardian Angel cemeteries in Plover to be added to other wreaths dedicated to soldiers.

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