December 16 marks the 12th anniversary of the Wreaths Across America, a ceremony to honor and remember the nation’s veterans at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
In 2016 over 8,500 wreaths were placed thanks to donations from local individuals and businesses through local groups such as Patriot Guard Riders, Blue Star Mothers, Civil Air Patrol, Navy Sea Cadets, Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, and many, many others. Ceremonial wreaths honoring each branch of the military and POWs are presented by veterans. Gold star moms, veterans, local Honor Guard members, community members, and youngsters all participate in placing wreaths.
In 2016 Colonel Barry Melton, SouthEast Region Commander for Civil Air Patrol gave the challenge to fill Chattanooga National Cemetery, a location with a goal this year of placing 49,000 wreaths. The many veteran, auxiliary, and civilian volunteers hope to make that happen.
More information about Wreaths across America can be found at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
Those interested in volunteering or sponsoring a wreath can do so at https://wreaths.fastport.com/donateLocation.html?page=14948. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for specific grave requests.