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Wreaths Across America truck makes a special pit stop in Cullman

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Source: Vanessa Araiza/WBRC Source: Vanessa Araiza/WBRC
CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A retail giant is making sure Wreaths Across American can continue to honor soldiers.

Walmart has partnered with the group to transport the iconic evergreen wreaths across the country and one of those trucks stopped in Cullman Wednesday.

The visit could have been just another pit stop, but it was a chance to honor a local fallen soldier. 

"It keeps everyone focused on the sacrifice," said Garry Smith.

Smith lost his son, Jonathan, in 2005. He was killed in Iraq at just 22-years-old.

"Of course I miss my son everyday but at Christmas time you have all the memories coming back and it's a little tougher," said Smith.

For the third year Smith, a Walmart employee, is receiving a wreath to place on his son's grave.

His is just one of thousands heading to national cemeteries with the help of Walmart.

"This year we have donated 45 trucks that will originate in Maine and go all across the country," said Stephen Taylor, General Transportation Manager for Wal-Mart.

This is the sixth year the retail giant has volunteered with the organization.

The Cullman distribution site is used to switch out drivers.

But more than that the national guard is welcomed and a changing of the wreaths takes place at not just this location but all of them.

"It's just a little way that we can say that we appreciate their contribution of be it a veteran ort their family," said Taylor.

Robert Moody is an E7 with the Alabama National Guard.

"It's good to see that people still care about the veterans and what's going on. It really means a lot to us," Moody said.

For people like Smith, he said things will never be the same since his son's passing but it's moments like these he said helps during the holidays.

"I wish I wasn't having to do it but it means a lot that Walmart is involved in this," said Smith.

The wreaths that stopped through Cullman are en route to Houston. The retail giant helped haul more than 84,000 wreaths this year.

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