LOST CREEK, W.Va. (WDTV) - "Freedom is not free and our veterans travel a road of sacrifice," said Richard McClain, a retired 1st Sgt. of the US Army, who was in Lost Creek today for a special ceremony honoring the state's fallen veterans.
At the Lost Creek Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery, over 200 veterans were honored with a Christmas wreath placed at their headstone for Wreaths Across America.
"It's a national movement that every year they recognize the veterans who have gone before us and have served," said Ron Watson, president of the Harrison County Commission.
The Wreaths Across America ceremony began at noon at Arlington National Cemetery, followed by similar ceremonies at 1,200 locations across the globe, including Lost Creek.
"It's just a great opportunity for us to honor all the veterans in West Virginia and around the country who sacrificed so much to make our country what is is, which is the greatest country in the world," said W.Va. State Senator Michael Romano.
"My father, my uncles, my husbands brother—they were all in the service and gave themselves for us," said Denise Fenstermacher, whose father and uncles are buried at Lost Creek.
For the men and women currently serving overseas, being away from their families during the holidays is one of the many sacrifices they will make for their country.
"Send packages, cards, candy, cookies, those kinds of things, because we want them to know that we remember and appreciate them; we wish them all the best at this time of year and for them to come back to us safe and sound," said McClain.