MARTIN (November 11) — Freedom is often defined as “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” However, some Americans will choose to forgo some of their personal freedoms by choosing to serve their country and its citizens. This selfless sacrifice is what makes every veteran a hero. In addition, when asked why they did it, many will answer simply by saying, “Because it was the right thing to do!”
December 18, 2021, is National Wreaths Across America Day. On this day, we not only thank an interred veteran for their sacrifices, but also say their name aloud and keep their memory alive for family, friends, and their community at a time of year when they are missed the most. Since July, a small group of volunteers have been feverishly working on this mission.
“Now in the fourth year of the program in Martin,” location coordinator for Martin, Linda Smith stated, “Wreaths Across America-TNECMT is very close to honoring every single veteran laid to rest at Eastside Cemetery; but, we need just a little extra help to complete the mission.”
Please consider a small gift of remembrance by sponsoring a veteran’s wreath for $15. Each sponsorship goes toward a live, balsam wreath that will be placed on the gravesite of an American hero. This will take place during a ceremony which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2021. This coincides with the National Wreaths across America Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Family members are invited to attend the ceremony that day and place a wreath on their loved one’s grave.
To sponsor a wreath for (local cemetery) or learn how to volunteer, go to www.wreathacrossamerica.org/TNECMT.
About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.