National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) announced that Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville has once again joined in the mission to “Remember, Honor, Teach,” as an official location for 2019. This is the eighth year that the cemetery will participate in this national event.
Wreaths Across America started as a simple gesture of thanks that has grown into a national movement of dedicated volunteers and communities coming together to not only remember the nation’s fallen and honor their service, but to teach the next generation about the sacrifices made for Americans to live freely.
This year, there will be nearly 2,000 participating locations placing wreaths on Saturday, Dec. 14, National Wreaths Across America Day, with more than two million volunteers coming together.
The goal for Graceland Cemetery is to place 252 veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of all the local heroes laid to rest in the veteran’s section to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country never be forgotten and to bring the community together in patriotic commemoration.
“We are forever grateful for the thousands of supporters who dedicate their time and effort to fulfilling the mission on a local level,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “These individuals and their communities know the value of remembering the fallen, honoring those who currently serve and teaching the next generation about the sacrifices made for our freedom every day, and without their continued support, Wreaths Across America would not exist.”
Those interested in volunteering for Wreaths Across America, or sponsoring a wreath for Graceland Cemetery, are invited to visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/IAGLCK to learn more.