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Students participate in Wreaths Across America

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(12/13/12) - This weekend, Mid-Michigan will participate in an annual tradition to honor our nations veterans. Wreaths Across America day is Saturday. Thousands of wreaths are gently placed on the graves of Mid-Michigan soldiers at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

This year, several Flushing Middle School students played a major role in making sure the tradition continues. They spent weeks getting sponsors and donors for the wreaths, as the national effort is completely volunteer based.

Julianne Kielian and Emily Powers are among the students who collected the most money or wreaths. "I think it's just a great experience and I think it will be a great experience to witness it," Kielian said. 

"It's Christmas time and everyone is happy and it's a good way to say thanks for everything," Powers said.

"To have these guys come out and assist us with this process, it's just an excellent opportunity for them to learn about what sacrifices our men and woman make when they go overseas," said David Watts who coordinates the effort in Holly.

Many of the students have personal connections to veterans buried at the cemetery, others simply wanted to pay tribute to a hero. "I will be for my great-grandpas memorial. He was a veteran," Kielian said. 

"It warms your heart up knowing that you have thanked those people who have served and to realize what kind of service they can do," said Steve Powers, Flushing Middle School teacher.

Saturday's ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in Holly and is open to the public.

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