Local volunteers at the Georgia National Cemetery Advisory Council are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at Georgia National Cemetery (GNC) are honored on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, wreath placement, held simultaneously across the country at more than 2,500 participating locations, will occur over two days at GNC: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17 & 18, 2021 from 9 a.m to noon. After placement concludes on the 18th, a ceremony shall take place at the cemetery’s Assembly Area.
The event is open to the public. All are encouraged to attend and learn more about Wreaths Across America (WAA) and its mission to Remember, Honor, Teach. This event will help educate the next generation and all community members and visitors about the services and sacrifices of our nation's military.
The goal is to memorialize 18,000 patriots with a fresh balsam wreath on every grave or cremation niche. Georgia National Cemetery Advisory Council (GNCAC) Chairman, Russ Seltenright said, “The response we see from the community for Wreaths Across America reinforces our commitment to honor these veterans and their families. The Wreath program is truly worthy of our combined efforts. This year we are raising approximately $200,000 and 100% of the funds go towards purchasing wreaths. Any incidental expenses are covered by the Council's general fund.” To sponsor one wreath costs $15, or $10 each if funding more than three. There is a critical need for donors to sponsor ten wreaths for $100. To donate please submit your check along with your email address (for tax receipt) to GNC Advisory Council, P.O. Box 5476 Canton, GA 30114 or online at ganationalcemetery.org.
Volunteers and supporters of the GNCAC work to honor our veterans through fundraising events, projects, and services that better our community, which helps grow awareness for veterans' causes. "This has been a challenging couple of years for all of us, and we're so glad this annual tradition will continue for our families," said GNCAC-WAA Committee Chair Tom Wilder, “we know everyone will take appropriate precautions to honor veterans safely again this December.”
Each year, a new theme is chosen to help groups focus their messaging and outreach. The theme for 2021 is “Live up to their legacy.” The inspiration for this year’s theme came from a statement made by United States Army Chief of Staff, General James C. McConville during an interview (source). In the discussion, he said, "We stand on the shoulders of heroes that have gone before us, and really what we strive to do is live up to their legacy.” This concept resonated profoundly and became the theme. To follow stories throughout the year from across the country focused on this theme, please use the hashtag #LiveTheirLegacy2021.