National Wreaths Across America Day

Abilene, Texas (KRBC) - Everyday we are thankful for those who serve and protect our country.

"He is amazing to get to stand up for our country," said Reagan Hardy.

National Wreaths Across America Day is held across the country all at the same time at 11 am for people to place wreaths on the graves of veterans who have passed away.

"Oh today has just been wonderful, and so emotional wonderful tribune, so many people came, the mayor spoke from his heart, just wonderful words, it has just been amazing." Roxanne 

Klump started the placing of wreaths in Abilene three years ago but this tradition started 25 years ago in Arlington, Texas. her husband is buried at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery so this is near to her heart.

"It was a really special time, to place that wreath on his grave again," said Klump.

Klump works all year long to get this event ready.

"It is crazy to see that she did all of this, she works so hard doing this, I see her throughout the whole year I go over to her house and she is always working on it," said Klump's grandson Jayton Boss.

Now that this event was started, former marine, Aaron Hardy and his family can come out every year to help honor those who have served because Hardy can't be in Flordia at his dad's burial site on this day.

"I just want to do our part, I'll probably be out here some day so I hope it continues on and they keep doing it.along with his two dau. daughters.

"It is a lot of an honor to lay wreaths on the veterans graves. I like getting to come to our neighbor graves and our neighbor parents graves and getting to honor them," said Hardy's daughters, Regan and Joelyn.

It may be an emotional time for some but it is still very special and people get to remember the good times.

"He use to kick us out of the house because we were too loud, he use to lock us outside, but he was a great guy though," said Boss.

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