Thousands pay tribute, lay wreaths on graves of fallen soldiers

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Hundreds of Central Texans made their way to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery to pay their respects and lay holiday wreaths on over 8,000 graves Saturday morning.

The event has been a tradition since 2007, as veterans, families and volunteers honored those who died for our country.

The weather was quite gloomy as it almost rained, but that wasn’t going to stop anyone from honoring the fallen.

“Even if it was bad weather, we’d still be out here to put out the wreaths,” said 12-year-old girl scout Makayla Thornburg.

Thankfully, the sunshine came through. Some veterans including Sequoia Harry, paid tribute to his fallen comrades by wearing his old combat boots. He was also sure to lend a helping hand to grieving families.

“There was a lady that was crying and asked me to take a picture of her and her family,” he said.

“I just felt like I should go give her a hug to just let her know that she wasn’t alone.”

And they weren’t alone. Families who’ve lost their children, including Gold Star Mother Ronda Higdon, paying respects in memory of her son, Kristopher, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

“I hope he feels the love we have him,” she said.

The love for a lost soldier, a beautiful reminder to the world that our nation’s legendary heroes, never really die.

The wreaths will remain on each gravesite through the holiday season.