Wreaths Across America

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Community comes together to honor the fallen

People of all ages and all walks of life crammed into the Beaufort National Cemetery on Saturday for the annual Wreaths Across America event, placing 21,305 wreaths on headstones.

Some cried at the graves of loved ones. Others saluted their fallen brothers-in-arms.

Still others were there because, according to Medal of Honor recipient and retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Livingston, it was the right thing to do.

“We are a special country because we are a special people”, Livingston said. “We have people willing to go to war in other countries for other people. People willing to sacrifice and give it all for someone else. We truly are a special country.”

Livingston added that the late President Ronald Reagan said freedom is only one generation from being lost. “If we fail to remember this duty to others, it’s a very short path to being lost.”

Livingston was formerly the Chief of Staff during the early 1980s at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.