"On Christmas Day in Iraq and Afghanistan, some U.S. troops will wake up to a decorated pine tree from Clifton Springs in Ontario County. There will be cards and gifts, as well."
It's "a taste of home for Christmas," says Bobbie Metcalfe of Williamson, Wayne County.
The proof that the troops are not forgotten comes courtesy of the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, which for the last two years has raised money to send the trees and gifts to units with local soldiers.
Like Metcalfe, all of the Blue Star Mothers have or have had children in the military. One of her sons, Specialist Gregory Metcalfe, 24, is a Humvee mechanic in Afghanistan. Her daughter, Jennifer Vester, 22, is retired from the service.
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