On Saturday, December 19, with the invaluable help of partners including Bennett International, the Taylor Foundation, Friends of Andersonville, the Civil Air Patrol, Wreaths Across America, and participating volunteers, thousands of wreaths will be placed on the graves of those who rest in honor at Andersonville National Cemetery.
No public ceremony will be held. A non-public ceremony to honor and remember those buried in the cemetery will be recorded and posted on the park’s Facebook page. Playing of Taps, presentation of military service wreaths, and placement of wreaths on grave sites will be streamed live or recorded and posted on social media as well.
If you wish to participate please plan on arriving at the cemetery no later than 8:15am as we will be following the schedule below:
- 8:30 am – set up for ceremony
- 9:00 am – non-public ceremony held at the rostrum
- 9:45 am to 10:30 am – Friends and Bennett staff lay wreaths
The 2019 Wreaths Across America event set a new record with 15,705 wreaths received at Andersonville National Cemetery. With the help of park staff, the Friends of Andersonville, and the other Wreaths Across America Ambassadors, we had 3 forklifts and nearly 100 volunteers to assist with unloading the 3 tractor trailers that delivered the wreaths. Because of their help, unloading and setup took less than half the time it took the previous year. On Saturday, over 740 volunteers helped place wreaths at the event. Both days set new records for volunteer support. We will continue to work with the Park, Bennett Trucking, the Taylor Family Foundation, Wreaths Across America, and individuals in the pursuit of our 2020 goal of placing a wreath on each of the over 20,200 headstones in Andersonville National Cemetery. Wreaths Across America has agreed to donate one wreath to match each sponsorship of two wreaths. For more information, visit the Wreaths Across America Taylor Family Foundation site at https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ ga0213.