One Wreath to Be Placed on Each Grave in Chattanooga National Cemetery

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Every year, on December 17, wreaths are laid on the graves of members of the armed forces at Arlington National Cemetery and 2,500 other locations in all fifty states.

Chattanooga is among those locations, and they have a special goal for 2022.

Last year, 29,000 wreaths were placed on graves to honor those passed. This year, the goal is to place one wreath on every grave, a total of 49,000.

“Our mission is to put a wreath on each grave here at Chattanooga National Cemetery, so that we don’t have to make a decision on which graves go without a wreath” said Wreaths Across Chattanooga President Mickey McCamish.

The goals of Wreaths Across America are to remember fallen U.S. veterans and honor those who serve.

Wreaths Across Chattanooga President and retired Navy veteran Mickey McCamish says the wreaths are also there to educate.

“Understand that that person gave their life for our country so that they’re enjoying the freedoms that they have today as a result of the sacrifices that were made by this individual, because without that sacrifice, then they wouldn’t be able to enjoy the freedom that they enjoy today or the way of life that they enjoy today,” said McCamish.

The laying off the wreaths will rely entirely on the work of volunteers, who can get involved on the Wreaths Across America website.

“We’ll have have 49,000 wreaths, and that’s going to take all of Chattanooga to help us place those wreaths. To volunteer, they go to ChattanoogaWAA.com click on the volunteer information button there at ChattanoogaWAA.com,” said McCamish.

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