Monday, December 2, 2013

Today is last day to sponsor local 'Wreaths Across America' event

The other day I had a post about Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's initiative to get wreaths placed on the graves of all local veterans.

The sponsorship cutoff date is TODAY. Here's the update, according to the latest news release form his office:

On Thanksgiving Day, many East Tennesseans showed appreciation for our fallen veterans by sponsoring wreaths that will be placed atop veterans’ graves in Knox County.  Yesterday, fundraising topped $5,000 since Mayor Burchett launched his local Wreaths Across America effort earlier this week.

Pilot Flying J made a generous contribution to Team Burchett for Wreaths Across America, matching the $5,000 raised so far with a $5,000 wreath sponsorship of their own.  In all, enough money has been raised to place just more than 1,000 wreaths.  However, there are 6,200 veterans buried at the two East Tennessee State Veteran Cemetery locations in Knox County, so even more sponsorships are needed.

A $15 sponsorship pays 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.

Anyone wanting to sponsor a wreath can do so by visiting right smack here. The organization is also offering a “three-for-two” sponsorship special, which means they will donate a wreath for every two that are sponsored.

Visit for more information about the organization.

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