Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is launching an effort to raise funds for Wreaths Across America again this year to provide as many live wreaths as possible on the graves of veterans at the three Knox County veterans cemeteries during the holiday season.
A $15 sponsorship will pay for one wreath made of live greenery to be placed on a veteran's grave. There are more than 15,000 veterans buried at the Old East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Lyons View Pike, the New East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Governor John Sevier Highway and the Knoxville National Cemetery on Tyson Street near Old Gray Cemetery.
“If you simply sponsor one wreath or choose to sponsor 100, you are honoring veterans and families who have honored our community with their service,” Burchett said in a press release. “Whether the men and women buried in our veteran cemeteries were lost during combat or after living a long life, we do this for the family members who are still living.”
Sponsorships can be made on the Knox County website. Wreaths Across America is offering a "three-for-two" sponsorship special where they will donate one wreath for every two that are sponsored.
The deadline for donations made by check is Nov. 21. Online donations can be made until Nov. 28.
Checks should be made payable to "Wreaths Across America" an dmailed to 400 Main St., suite 615, Knoxville, TN 37902.
The wreaths will be placed on the veterans' graves on Dec. 17.