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Locals remember veterans’ sacrifices

December 16, 2013

Dylan Ralston, of Uniopolis, and Chase Reynolds, of Wapakoneta, place a wreath of remembrance on Veteran Mike Oen’s graveside at St. Joseph Cemetery in Wapakoneta.

Remembering local veterans, members of the community spent their Saturday laying wreaths on gravesides throughout Auglaize County.
“All the veterans that we laid wreathes on today, they were all killed in the line of duty in a foreign war,” Freedom’s Colors Ralph Reynolds said Saturday. 
The act of laying a wreath on the veterans’ graves showed their families that they are not forgotten, despite how many died more than 30 years ago, Reynolds said. 
“They’re the ones that never made it home,” Reynolds said. “They made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”
Reynolds said his wife, Joyce Reynolds, decided to participate in “Wreaths Across America” six years ago, and the tradition has continued.
The first year, Reynolds contacted the families of the veterans’ whom they were honoring. 
“After that, we knew we had their support,” Reynolds said, noting how it can be a painful reminder every year to be asked to visit the gravesite. However, many of the families acknowledge their appreciation of the symbol of remembrance, Reynolds said.
Another aspect of the day of remembrance is the involvement of youth.
Dylan Ralston, of Uniopolis, along with his parents who are part of the Sons of Amvets, spent the day along side the Reynolds family remembering veterans.
For more information, see the Monday, Dec. 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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