It has been a busy time for both the National Park Service and the Friends of Andersonville. We are sad we have to say good-bye to Superintendent Charlie Sellars; he is being reassigned to a post much closer to his home in Tennessee. He will be missed and we wish him all the best. We would, however, like to welcome Barbara Hatcher, who will be the Acting Superintendent here at the National Historic Site. We stand ready to support her as well as the rest of the fine NPS staff.
For the year 2020 the FOA will be financing $70,970 worth of projects for the park. This includes events such as commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Andersonville NHS, the Memorial Day Ceremony, POW/MIA Recognition week and the Wreaths Across America Project. We will also fund research grants and be cataloging the backlog in the POW Museum collection. This and much more are all accomplished through your generous donations.
What a great year for Wreaths Across America. On Saturday, December 14, 2019, we laid 15,705 Christmas Wreaths in Andersonville National Cemetery. I would especially like to thank Bennett Trucking, South Georgia Technical College, Shiver Lumber Company and each of you who gave of your time and funding. This year the goal is 20,200 wreaths, making it the first time every stone in the cemetery will have a wreath. We can do it! Please go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/GA0213 and make your donation. It will be Christmas before you know it.
Don’t forget to visit your park this year and thank you for your support.