- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - Hundreds of New York Army National Guard soldiers and civilians have completed the 12th annual Christmas Eve morning road march held in Glens Falls to show support for military serving in Afghanistan and around the world.

The 3-mile march started and ended at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Organizers say an estimated 1,500 marchers participated in the Thursday event.

The annual tradition started in 2004 when soldiers of the Guard’s Company C, 2nd Battalion 108th infantry were away in Iraq over Christmas. Other soldiers assigned at the now-closed Glens Falls Armory got together for a road march in their honor.

Now the march recognizes the sacrifices being made by all American service men and women who are away from their families during the Christmas season.

Members of the 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia joined the march.

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