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No Distance Can Keep These Two Veterans From Honoring Their Fallen Comrade

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    The nation comes together for the national "Wreaths Across America"  day.
    It's a day set aside each December, to allow the country to lay wreaths at more than 1,000 locations nationwide honoring veterans and fallen soldiers.
    One of the locations participating, Fort Scott, Kansas.
    And for two Navy veterans, this day, holds a very special place in their hearts.
Craig Allen Morin, Navy Veteran, Houston, Texas Native: "I served with a young man who's buried down the hill here, we were Hospital Corpsman together in the Navy, and his name is Allan Wayne Brashears, he was killed in Vietnam in December of '69."
Craig Morin made the trip to Fort Scott from Houston, Texas.
But along the way, he made a side stop, in Mustang, Oklahoma, to pick up Fort Scott native, Robert Wilson.
Together...they made the trip, to pay tribute to the man they both knew so well, and both served with.
Morin: "There's a brotherhood and a sisterhood that exists, it's really special, for those of us who have served in the service of the country feel that, and it's kinda heartwarming to, for a brief moment, to feel that again."
And, thanks to Craig's efforts, Allan Brashears friends, and family, were able to get closure they never could get, when he was killed in action, nearly 50 years ago.
Robert Wilson, Fort Scott native: "You never really knew what happened in Vietnam, communications weren't good, and you had a friend die, and you wondered what happened to him and Craig went through the effort to find it out and document it for his family."
Morin: "I did it for his family because they didn't really know what had happened to him, and he was my best friend in the Navy, and I felt, I just took it upon myself, I felt like it was something that, if I could do it, I wanted to do it."
Craig and Robert attended the ceremony, Craig, handing out wreaths for each branch of service, to be placed along the wall.
A salute, from Craig, and from the veterans placing the wreaths, for their fallen comrades.
A gun salute, to honor the fallen.
Then, it's time, for Craig and Robert to place the wreath at their friend's final resting place...
Wilson: "...It touches my heart...it's a good thing..."

*Update:  We learned after broadcast that some information we were provided was incorrect.  While CFI did make a contribution to the Fort Scott National Cemetery to assist with wreaths, there was *not* enough to cover every grave in the cemetery.  Officials tell us they were short by about 1,100.  If you would like to help them reach their goal of having a wreath for every grave, information is provided below.

To find out how to honor a loved one or get involved with Wreaths Across America in Ft. Scott, follow our Facebook page at Fort Scott National Cemetery #1 Wreath Ride , website at www.fortscottwreathrid.com , or contact Kevin Wagner, Volunteer Coordinator for Wreaths Across America @ Ft. Scott, KS. 620.215.2174

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