Veterans, volunteers lay wreaths at Wood National Cemetery Saturday

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Over a dozen volunteer veterans and civilians joined together Saturday morning, Dec. 18, at Wood National Cemetery to lay wreaths at the graves of veterans buried in the cemetery.

The effort was a part of Wreaths Across America, a program aimed at honoring those who served and sacrificed their lives for our freedoms while also teaching children the value of freedom.

Steven Tindall of Kenosha made the trip to Milwaukee for the ceremony and wreath-laying.

Tindall, a Navy veteran who served during the Vietnam era, says this is his fourth year helping lay wreaths at the graves of his fallen brothers and sisters.

"It's an honor to those who have gone before me and sacrificed their time and their lives to help protect our freedoms," Tindall said. "We didn't all serve in capacities where people were shooting at us but we all served to make sure that freedom is preserved and to make sure our fellow veterans were taken care of while active duty and now we're out here honoring them after the fact."

Fellow veterans and civilians joined Tindall at Saturday's event.

Tindall tells CBS 58 he's happy to see civilians take part in the ceremony because it helps people to realize that there is a name and a face associated with the freedoms that are enjoyed every day.

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