BUFFALO, NY-- Thousands of Americans are spending this holiday season away from their loved ones while serving in the military.

Several WNY military men and woman recently sent taped messages to their loved ones.

VIDEO: Col. Dawn Wagner of Sherman

VIDEO: Airman Minh Dao from Williamsville

VIDEO: Master Sgt. John Huntz of Buffalo

VIDEO: Senior Airman Scott Price of Buffalo

VIDEO: Lt. Col. Robert McMurray of Buffalo

VIDEO: Sr. Airman Bryanna Dahl of Angola