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Hundreds gather to honor fallen soldiers Saturday

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(12/14/13) - Bracing the bitter cold, hundreds gathered at the Great Lakes National Cemetery Saturday in Holly Township. They took part in Wreaths Across America to honor Mid-Michigan fallen heroes.

Bundled up, they crunched through the snow to pay tribute to our nations bravest men and women, placing wreaths on their headstones - just one of the ways to honor the country's fallen soldiers this holiday.

An emotional moment for veterans and families, remembering the loved ones that they've lost.

Each person here has a special reason for participating in Wreaths Across America.

Mike "The Flag Man" Bowen, of Flushing, spent 31 years walking nearly 60,000 miles just to recognize those who died or went missing during the Vietnam War. Saturday's weather wasn't slowing him down. Dedicated to supporting our troops, he pushed through the cold.

"I have a lot of respect for veterans. I'm a veteran myself, my father is out here resting peacefully. I don't think enough people have given up their Saturday to be here," he said.

Greg Gallagher, a member of the patriot guard, traveled from West Branch to take part. While laying wreaths he found someone close to his heart. He told ABC12, "I walked up this aisle here and stopped and there he is, my cousin Kennedy."

The discovery made this trip even more special, "this is an honor for me to honor these men and women who gave all for us," Gallagher said.

Uncomfortable conditions were not even a concern in comparison to everything these soldiers gave.

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