Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is launching a Wreaths Across America team in an effort to raise funds to place as many live wreaths on the graves of veterans buried at the two East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery locations in Knox County.
A $15 sponsorship will pay for a wreath made of live greenery to be placed on a veterans’ grave at either the Lyons View Pike or Governor John Sevier Highway East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery locations.
“I can remember how much it meant to my mom seeing these wreaths placed on graves at the Lyons View cemetery where my dad is buried,” said Mayor Burchett. “I hope that the community will join me in showing the families of our fallen heroes that their service to our nation is appreciated and will never be forgotten.”
There are more than 6,000 veterans buried at the two East Tennessee State Veteran Cemetery locations in Knox County.
Pilot Flying J has also agreed to help out with a sponsorship grant of up to $5,000.
The wreath sponsorship cutoff deadline is Dec. 2, and the wreaths will be placed on the graves on Dec. 14.
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Thank you to Mayor Tim Burchett for the Wreaths across America for our Veterans. I put a wreath on my son's grave at John Sevier today. The regulations at the Veterans Cemetery will only allow Christmas wreaths to stay on the graves till Jan. 8th. 2014. Maybe they would allow the wreaths to stay a little longer so that the family and the public could enjoy this act of kindness a little longer. A thankful Mom of a Veteran. Linda Arden
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