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Local veterans honored for National Wreaths Across America Day

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Local veterans honored for National Wreaths Across America Day

Across the country this weekend, people honored fallen veterans with Christmas wreaths.

At the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, family and friends placed more than 600 wreaths on the headstones of our fallen veterans.

It was emotional day for Vicky Hensley who was there to honor her brother John.

"John went into the Navy when he turned 18, right out of high school it was his life, his dream," Hensley said.

John died this year of liver failure. He was just 49.

"He would be happy that we are remembering him and we are here for him," Hensley said.

Christmas won't be the same for Hensley who always got a call from her brother on the holiday - no matter where he was.

"It's really, really difficult. I won't hear his voice this year," Hensley said.

Hensley's not alone, Deanna Hibdon lost her husband Charlie this summer.

"Putting the wreath down was pretty emotional," Deanna said.

Charlie was an Air Force veteran. For the first time in 52 years, Deanna won't spend Christmas with her beloved husband.

"It's unbearable, unbearable," she said.

But Deanna is thankful for her family and she's glad to adorn her husband's headstone with a special Christmas wreath.

"He wasn't kind of a frou-frou man but he would like it," Deanna said.