Canandaigua, N.Y. - Pride was on display along the shore of Canandaigua Lake Sunday afternoon, as dozens of family members of those who are seving or have served in the military gathered to hang ornaments on a special Christmas Tree.
"During the holidays it's hard, it's very difficult having somebody deployed that you love and you miss them and it's not the same without them," said Bonny Beck who has a son in the Navy and a son in the Marines.
The event, called "Light of Love Celebration," was put on by the Blue Star Mothers, a group of women who have one thing in common--they all have a son or daughter or sons and daughters serving in the military.
"It helps you appreciate things of a different level, things that you took for granted when they were little. All of a sudden they're in harm's way or they're far from home and it's not the same," Beck added.
Dozens of orgnaments were hung on the tree in the middle of Kershaw Park, all of them shaped as stars, painted blue, and in the middle was a small picture frame with a photo of someone who has served in the Armed Forces.
"It is more than just the ornaments, it's our freedom, it's our life," said Carol Carol Adamowicz who has a son in the military.
The tree will be on display in Canandaigua until the end of December.