As the holidays near the state of Rhode Island is taking time to remember the sacrifices of military men and women. A ceremony to honor those veterans was held in Providence Monday afternoon.
Several dozen people gathered in the State House to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives while defending our nation, or who are missing in action.
This is the 20th year that the organization, Wreaths Across America, has held the event. The group plans to donate wreaths to 800 sites across the US. 450,000 wreaths in all will be placed at veterans cemeteries.
Among the guests was a history class from Ponnaganset Middle School. The students have been learning about veterans and their contributions to our country. Two students gave a speech.
"As an educator the most important thing we want them to do is understand the value of freedom," said Mike Calenda a teacher at the school.
"What do these veterans mean to you? Well it's someone who doesn't ask for anything in return. So doing this today? Yeah. It's our way of giving something back to them," said 8th grader Emily Mackie.
The ceremony was supposed to be followed by a wreath laying at the state house's Garden of Heroes, but the weather didn't permit. Instead, it will be kept indoors until the conditions are better.
There will be simultaneous ceremonies on Saturday across Rhode Island.