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“Wreaths Across America” comes to Huntsville’s Veterans Memorial

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Veterans Memorial in downtown Huntsville is officially ready for Christmas and its decorations are part of a larger national effort.

"My grandfather was a World War II veteran. He's 95, a Purple Heart recipient," said Kiley Kinzer-Henry.

She helped to honor her grandfather's service, along with the service of other veterans, on Thursday by placing dozens of wreaths throughout the memorial.

It marked the fifth year her organization, "A Smile for Troops," has performed the wreath-laying ceremony at the park. It coincides with a nationwide effort known as "Wreaths Across America" that started more than a decade ago in Washington D.C.

"At Arlington National Cemetery, they place the wreaths up there on all the stones up there and they give us the opportunity, little small town Huntsville, Alabama, the opportunity to place them here as well," said Kinzer-Henry.

Last year, more than 700,000 memorial wreaths were delivered to thousands of locations throughout the United States. It's a simple gesture, but one with big meaning.

"It just makes you feel good to be here and it's just a little something that we can do," she said.

The wreaths will be on display at the Veterans Memorial until mid-January.

To learn more about "A Smile for Troops," or to sponsor a wreath for 2016, click here.