Deceased and missing veterans honored in ceremony

STURGIS, S.D. – As part of a national movement, family and friends of deceased veterans gathered at the Black Hills National Cemetery Saturday morning to lay wreaths.

A family member of a deceased veteran, flanked by members of the Knights of Columbus, prepares to lay a wreath to honor deceased and missing veterans Saturday at Black Hills National Cemetery. Photo Date: Dec. 15, 2018.

A family member of a deceased veteran prepares to lay a wreath Saturday.

Wreaths Across America placed about 700 wreaths on the graves of veterans to honor and remember their service and sacrifice.

Attendees honored each branch of the military along with the merchant marine, prisoners of war, and missing in action.

Wreaths Across America Site Coordinator Dan Ziegler said holding the event is critical because it reminds us that our freedom isn’t free.

“We always have to teach people to remember the service these individuals have given to the country,” Ziegler said. “They give us the rights and the privileges we have.”

Wreaths Across America began in Maine about a decade ago. It’s since grown to over 14,000 sites across the country including here in the Black Hills.

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