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Wreaths at ND Veterans Cemetery

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For many of us, Christmas is a cherished time with family and friends...

For the eighth year now, family and friends gather before the holiday--to honor veterans who've been laid to rest.

The Bismarck Civil Air Patrol hosts the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

This year was extra special because a family of seven who has all served at one point or another--- placed the seven ceremonial wreaths representing each branch of the military.

"Actually having everyone in North Dakota this year is a first in many years because myself and my brother-in-law, my cousin, a lot of people have been deployed and this is the first year where we've all kind of been in our home state," says Eric Gustafson, ND National Guard.

More than 900 North Dakotans stand proudly in the cold to honor the fallen.

This is also the first year that all four thousand 900 and 19 gravestones had a wreath, most of the wreaths were sponsored.

"North Dakota's a very patriotic state. You can't find a state that has more people that have served or are serving in the armed forces or the reserves or National Guard. Very proud state to live in," says Joel Gustafson, Retired, U.S. Coast Guard.

Although not all the information is in yet, it's likely that the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery is the only cemetery in the nation with 100 percent coverage of wreaths.

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