Knoxville (Nov. 29. 2013) — 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.
The organization is also offering a “three-for-two” sponsorship special, which means they will donate a wreath for every two that are sponsored.
The wreath sponsorship cutoff deadline is Monday, Dec. 2, and the wreaths will be placed on the graves on Dec. 14.
Dozens of individuals and families have sponsored wreaths. In addition to Pilot Flying J, several other businesses and organizations have sponsored wreaths, including Adams & Sons Inc., BarberMcMurry Architects, Cemex Knoxville, Cohen Communications, The District in Bearden, Mencer’s Tree Service, and the Smoky Mountain Athletic Club.
Visit http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org for more information about the organization.