Thamer... more than a hundred thousand wreaths are being laid on veteran gravestones across the country today to pay tribute to those who served .
News 8's scott behrens tells us how one la crosse organization is making sure our local veterans won't be forgotten.
With christmas just 10 days away... many people are busy buying presents, traveling, and spending time with their families.
But the la crosse civil air patrol hopes everyone will pause this holiday season to think about those veterans who fought for our freedom.
22 02 "there are stories here, every one of these gravesites represents someone's story and someone's loved one .22 08 the la crosse civil air patrol laid more than 150 wreaths at woodlawn cemetery for wreaths across america 17 42 "it's part of a nationwide opportunity to pause during the holiday season and remember the sacrifices that veterans have made on our behalf.
17 50 this is the sixth year the civil air patrol has participated in the nationwide event seth tiedeman 13 16 "over the years i've come to appreciate this and look forward to this every year."
13 19 it's just so nice to give back to the veterans."
13 22 central high school senior seth tiedeman wishes more people would take time to appreciate veterans 11 48 "i feel like overtime they may not be remembered as much so the least that i can do is to give a little bit of time on my weekend to come out here and pay tribute to them."
Around a dozen volunteers came out to help the civil air patrol mandel 18 13 "this was the first year we had members of the public come out to participate in the actual wreath laying."
18 17 civil air patrol cadet catriona ladue hopes even more people will show up next year 14 23 "really just take the time out of the holiday season to appreciate the freedom that they've given us."
14 29 the civil air patrol plans to keep this tradition going because they say..it's simply the right thing to do mandel 22 17 "many of the families here may never even know we took the time this morning to recognize their loved ones but those of us doing it know and that's its own reward."
22 25 the civil air patrol says today wouldn't have been possible without the help of the community.
All of their wreaths were donated by 30 individuals as well as the barb and dave erickson fund, logistics health incorporated, and the la crosse community foundation.
To learn more you can go to wreaths across america