Drive begins to place wreaths on every headstone at Chattanooga National Cemetery

Image: Hamilton Co. government Twitter account.

Hamilton County is trying to raise $430,000 to pay for enough wreaths on the headstone of every veteran buried at Chattanooga's National Cemetery. That's a total of 43,000 wreaths.

County leaders kicked off the "Wreaths across Chattanooga" drive Friday morning.

The website Wreaths across Chattanooga says past efforts have only raised enough money to cover 40 percent of the headstones at one of the nation's oldest military cemeteries.

The goal is to get sponsors for every headstone by December 15th of this year.

A release from Hamilton County government says "The mission of Wreaths Across Chattanooga is to lay a wreath on every gravestone at Chattanooga National and in so doing is to simply REMEMBER-ALL CHATTANOOGA AREA VETERANS WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY, HONOR-THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO SERVED AND MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE and TEACH-THE VALUE OF FREEDOM AND ABOUT THOSE WHO PROTECTED OUR FREEDOM. This is an opportunity to connect “The Greatest Generations” with the “Generation of Hope” and an opportunity to honor our Chattanooga Heroes."

Learn how you can sponsor a wreath here.

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