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Fallen serviceman's mom speaks at Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a long-running tradition at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County, providing seasonal wreaths for veterans' gravesites.

The ceremony is especially important to Christine Vaccaro, a Gold Star mother from Berks County.

"I am not they only Gold Star mother out here today. The hole in my heart is no bigger than the hole in their hearts. My son is not missed any more than theirs," said Vaccaro. "We all know the grief that entered our hearts and lives the day we answered that knock at the door."

Vaccaro's son, Lance, was a Navy Seal and a member of Seal Team 6 when he was killed in a helicopter accident in 2008.

At Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, thousands of people of all ages gathered to place wreaths on more than 30,000 graves of men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"All these people gave their lives for us. It's the least we can do," said Lynne Nye from Newport.

Wreath by wreath, volunteers spent a moment of silence at each grave. They said it's their way to honor the person who fought for our freedom.

"I think about how they died for us and what they did. They saved our country," said Rheanna Gordon of Honeybrook.


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