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Veterans remembered with wreaths

Volunteers for the Osakis Wreaths Across America visited veterans' graves in three Osakis cemeteries on Dec. 16. (Contributed) 1 / 2
Anthony Laughton, an Osakis Boy Scout, places a wreath on the grave of a veteran. (Contributed)2 / 2

Osakis joined communities throughout the nation on Saturday, Dec. 16 in a special remembrance of those who fought for America's freedoms.

It was Wreaths Across America Day. Thousands of wreaths were laid at more than 1,500 cemeteries across the country.

In Osakis, volunteers met at the Osakis Veterans Memorial for the second annual Osakis Wreath Across America kickoff ceremony. Seven wreaths, each representing a branch of the military, were placed at the foot of the memorial.

Cassie Walsh, Osakis Wreath Across America coordinator, stated the goals of the event: To remember, honor and teach. She thanked everyone in attendance for their help and support.

This year, 30 volunteers, members of Osakis VFW, Boy and Girls Scouts, family members of Scouts, and veterans placed wreaths on 252 veteran graves in three Osakis cemeteries.

A few months ago, volunteers made and put up metal wreath holders at all 252 grave sites, making it easier to display the wreaths.

Donations for the wreaths came from individuals, the Osakis VFW and sponsors.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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