"Wreaths Across America" Honors Troops in Iowa

By Andrew Bridgewater, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Not even Saturday's storm could stop dozens of people from honoring veterans at the Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City.

Wreaths Across America is a nation-wide event that remembers the sacrifices of our troops during the holidays.

People placed more than 300 wreaths at the graves of local soldiers.

This year, the event marks nearly 150 years since the start of the Civil War.

Each branch of the armed forces was represented in Saturday's Iowa City ceremony.

"It's definitely gonna make people think more about what soldiers are doing and why they are deployed and the freedoms that we have. The holidays bring that out even more," said US Army Sergeant First Class Carlos Ayala-Pagan.

Johnson County was one of five wreath locations throughout the state.

The Wreaths America Program started up 17 years ago at Arlington National Cemetery.
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