Updated 12/24/2012 02:36 PM
Christmas Road March in Glens Falls
Hundreds hit the streets in Glens Falls every Christmas Eve morning. Our Beth Croughan has more on why and just how far the tradition has come.
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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- Retired Army Sergeant and wounded Iraq war veteran Ken Comstock said he was among the first group of people to march more than three miles throughout downtown Glens Falls. Now, he marches among hundreds every single Christmas Eve.
It's called the "Christmas Eve Road March" and "It shows our support for the guys and girls that are serving overseas," Comstock explained.
It started small in 2004, when troops from Glens Falls were deployed to Iraq.
"They were in a remote area of Iraq and wanted to make sure they knew we thought of them at Christmas time," said Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Arthur Coon.
And now, they're even marching in Afghanistan. Ken's younger brother, Ryan, is serving there this holiday season.
"We're a military family. And this is what we're used to. We know the sacrifices that come with being in the military. And this is one of them and he still makes it home okay, you know, with no scratches, that's all we can ask for," Comstock said of his brother's service.
Helicopter pilot Ryan Comstock coordinated six other soldiers to help him carry out his hometown's Christmas tradition.
"Seriously, as we stand here talking, I have cold chills. It just means so much," said Coon.
It's a tradition that continues because of the men and women who continue to choose to fight for our freedom.
"We go to bed at night and wake up every day and don't have to worry about anybody coming and attacking us in our homes. And it's because of guys and girls like my brother and the people that he serves with that are standing there on the front line every day and providing us that right. So hopefully when people come out and do this road march they are able to remember things like that and show a little bit more appreciation during the holiday season," said Ken Comstock.