Wreaths Across America - Chattanooga Project Kicks Off On Friday

Friday, August 10, 2018 - by Willard Rice
Capt Mickey McCamish U.S. Navy (retired), President - Chattanooga Navy League and Wreaths Across America committee member for Sponsorships, Manny Rico, retired councilman, Jim Coppinger  - Hamilton County Mayor, 
Andrew Byrd - City Councilman
Capt Mickey McCamish U.S. Navy (retired), President - Chattanooga Navy League and Wreaths Across America committee member for Sponsorships, Manny Rico, retired councilman, Jim Coppinger - Hamilton County Mayor, Andrew Byrd - City Councilman
The  “Wreaths Across America - Wreaths Across Chattanooga Project” was kicked off Friday morning at the National Cemetery. Marty Nix of the Chattanooga Civil Air Patrol and leader of the local project announced that the goal is to lay wreaths on all 43,000 grave markers at the National Cemetery in December each year. This past year wreaths were laid on approximately 10,000 grave markers.
The goal is to raise $430,000 each year to cover the $10 per wreath cost.
The Wreath Project leaders acknowledged the ambitiousness of the goal while emphasizing how the project pulls together diverse parts of the community through either through  financial contributions of any size or by simply helping to lay out the wreaths in December.


Through inspired remarks to the assembled participants, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and City Councilman Andrew Byrd expressed their support for the project by praising the involvement of many local service and veteran organizations -evidenced by their presence at the ceremony— such as the Civil Air Patrol, the Chattanooga Navy League, the DAR, the US Marines, US Coast Guard , and US Army.

The Wreaths Across America project started in 2006 at the Arlington National Cemetery and has spread to 1400 locations across the country and overseas but it would be hard to find another site rivaling the setting and solemnity of Chattanooga National Cemetery. 

Upcoming Street Closings Announced

New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses

Children Invited To Hear A Paris Story At Happy Little Book Garden On March 2


Here are upcoming street closings: Wednesday: Ales on 8th - W 8th Street between Pine Street and Chestnut Street will be closed on Wednesday, from 4-9 p.m. This closure ... (click for more)

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The Happy Little Book Garden and More in East Ridge at the Chattanooga Mercantile, 6725 Ringgold Road invites children to go hear the story of a five-year-old boy who travels to Paris, France ... (click for more)


Happenings

Upcoming Street Closings Announced

Here are upcoming street closings: Wednesday: Ales on 8th - W 8th Street between Pine Street and Chestnut Street will be closed on Wednesday, from 4-9 p.m. This closure will be in effect each Wednesday evening through January, 2020. Saturday: West Village Street Festivals - Pine Street between W 7th Street and W M.L. King ... (click for more)

New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses

Here are the new marriage licenses from the County Clerk's office: ZACKARY LEE GASTON VIRGINIA JANE HALL 3850 STEPHENS ROAD NORTHEAST 3850 STEPHENS ROAD NORTHEAST CLEVELAND, TN 37312 CLEVELAND, TN 37312 STERLING BRENT HUBBARD, JR KIMBERLY LYNETTE ELLIS 4825 MELTON LN 4825 MELTON LN CHATTANOOGA, TN 37416 CHATTANOOGA, TN 37416 ASHJAE NICOLE MARIE LEWIS-SMITH FAITH ... (click for more)

Breaking News

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Chattanooga Area Could Get Up To 7 Inches Of Rain In New Wave Of Downpours

The Chattanooga area could get up to seven inches of rain in a new wave of downpours Tuesday through Sunday. Some streams are already swollen and under minor flood advisories, including Lookout Creek and Chickamauga Creek. The National Weather Service said, "A prolonged period of heavy rain is expected from Tuesday through Saturday. The heaviest rainfall will likely fall across ... (click for more)

Opinion

Questions About TVA And Controlling Water Levels - And Response

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Confusing Racism And Racial Injustice - And Response

I guess many people confuse racism with racial injustices. They're only related in the sense when racism is used to make legal and physical racial injustices take place. Racism is an emotion anyone is entitled to. That's their cross to bear. Something the racist will one day have to give an accounting for. Racial injustices takes physical, emotional, psychological and mental actions ... (click for more)