SALISBURY, Md. - We honor our troops on holidays like Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the fourth of July, but the rest of the year we sometimes forget just how much people have sacrificed to defend our freedom.
The holidays can be especially tough for families who have given us the ultimate sacrifice - losing a loved one in the line of duty.
One group aims to bring three things to those families this time of year. They aim to remember those who have passe, to honor them and to teach people why it's important to do both of those things.
On Thursday, Wreaths Across America stopped by Salisbury on their way to the Arlington National Cemetery.
Keith Clark, a speaker at the event, said, "What we did was we found some gold star families here on Delmarva who have a couple names on the war memorial, their family members, and we presented with a wreath to honor and represent their loved one."
Gold star families are the immediate relatives of US military members who lost their lives in battle.
Chris Barnes, a man who lost his brother to battle 52 years ago said the event meant the world to him and his family. "It's nice that after that length of time, somebody could say his name and so we're going from here over to the cemetery and we're going to lay this on his grave," he said.
Local law enforcement said they felt humbled to be taking part in such a significant event.
Lieutenant Tim Robinson with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said, "I'm just honored to be here as a citizen of our great country but just to help, you know, pay homage to the residents of our county who laid down their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice."
Following Thursday's ceremony, event organizers are urging others to connect with local gold star families.
Clark said, "There's a lot of gold star families, like I said, there's 191 names on this wall and the other day I looked at some of those names and they are names that are very common to Delmarva. So pretty much most of us know someone that has a fallen hero in their family, so reach out to them."
This year more than 25,000 wreaths will be delivered to cemeteries spanning from New York to Florida.
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