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A section of Arlington National Cemetery, Va., shows a fraction of the 110,000 wreaths placed at the graves of fallen service members during Wreaths Across America, Dec. 15, 2012. DOD photo by EJ Hersom

I ventured out this weekend with my daughter in tow for the annual Wreaths Across America program at Arlington National Cemetery and was immediately struck by what this meant to my daughter.
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Photo: Sgt. Irene Lopez, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, shares a touching moment with her daughter following the welcome home ceremony, Dec. 9, for 126 soldiers of the 13th ESC as they returned home from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Irene Lopez shares a touching moment with her daughter following the welcome home ceremony
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Michael and Cynthia Dickd

Air Force Staff Sgt. Amanda Dick remembers being devastated the day she found out her mother had breast cancer.
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Patti Walker, left, wife of retired Army 1st Sgt. Kevin Walker and Wounded Warrior Program advocate on Fort Riley, Kan., talks to ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts during a Hero Summit panel titled, “The Other Side of Sacrifice: Military Families” in Washington, D.C., Nov. 15, 2012. Other panel members included, from left to right, Bill Norwood, father of Marine Corps Sgt. Byron Norwood, who was killed in action; retired Air Force Maj. Lori Bell, wife of an active duty Air Force airman and founder and president of the National Association of Military Moms and Spouses; Kim Ruocco, widow of Marine Corps Maj. John Ruocco and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors national director of postvention programs. DOD photo by Bradley Cantor

Wounded Warrior Program advocate on Fort Riley, Kan., talks to ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts during a Hero Summit panel
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father Daughter

A father, Chief Petty Officer David Janssen, and daughter, Petty Officer 3rd Class Breanna Janssen, serving on the same ship during her first deployment and his possibly final deployment.
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