Wreaths placed at the graves of East Tennessee veterans

(WBIR) Military families and volunteers spent Saturday morning commemorating the sacrifices of fallen heroes by placing holiday wreaths at the graves of veterans.

The tribute to veterans is part of the "Wreaths Across America" effort which began in 1992.

More than 700 wreaths now line graves at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, according to wreath coordinator Bernice Koprince, whose son died while serving in Iraq.

She said the annual tradition is important because her biggest fear is that her child's life will be forgotten.

"If we don't honor those that have served and those who have fallen, then we will not carry the legacy on and teach our children what a great nation we live in," Koprince said.

She said the event also helps support military families during the difficult holiday times.

In total, enough money was raised this year for more than 2,000 wreaths to be added to the graves of Knox County veterans.


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