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Wreaths placed on grave markers to honor veterans in Wichita Co. cemetery

(Source: KAUZ) (Source: KAUZ)
WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

Despite the bitter cold, an annual tradition honoring those who have served our country took place Sunday. 

The local Wreaths for Vets organization along with several volunteers braved the cold weather to place wreaths on the grave markers in the Wichita County Cemetery. 

"We're freezing our tails off today," Nubbin Johnston said. 

Johnston's son died while fighting for our country as a marine in Iraq. His late brother is also a veteran of our country. 

Several years ago Johnston was trying to request wreaths be delivered to his son's and brother's grave from a national organization.

After finding out the wreaths would not be delivered to Archer County, the local Wreaths for Vets organization was born. 

Ray Calvert, Ted Foster, and their wives came together to make sure deceased veterans in our area would have a wreath on their graves each Christmas. 

"Every third marker gets a wreath and this year everyone here has had a wreath one year or the other," Calvert said.

This is the third year Calvert and other volunteers have placed wreaths at the Wichita County Cemetery.

Around 800 wreaths are placed on grave markers of veterans and others who are buried there. 

"Being the father of a marine who lost his life in Iraq, after I'm gone, I want him to be remembered," Johnston said. 

With the number of volunteers who showed up Sunday, Johnston's hopes are looking bright. 

These wreaths will be up until early January. 

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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