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Holiday Wreaths Adorn North Dakota Veterans Cemetery

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For the first time at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery every single grave site is adorned with a wreath.

Not everyone could attend the Wreaths Across America ceremony this weekend, but the act of placing a holiday wreath on every grave site has had quite the impact on loved ones near and far.

Every veteran who is buried in the state veterans cemetery now has a holiday decoration just in time for Christmas.

And it's quite the sight to see.

"It shows the community did something that is very important, very special, right when we came through the sun just broke through, just glistening on the wreaths and on the snow, it's just gorgeous." says Melanie and Rick Willoughby, Mandan.

Dozens of family and friends visited the Veterans Cemetery Sunday to see the holiday wreaths for themselves.

With nearly five thousand veterans buried here, many loved ones who live nearby say they feel honored to be able to visit those they have lost.

"My best friend for life was in Desert Storm and she died from breast cancer last year, so it's just everything to come out here, my mom's out here, my aunt, another best friend's mom so a lot of our loved ones are here, we're fortunate we live right here." says Melanie Willoughby.

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