Wreaths laid on graves to honor Knox County area veterans

Wreaths laid on graves to honor Knox County area veterans

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Dozens of people turned out for Knox County's Wreaths Across America events Saturday, laying wreaths at both East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery locations where more than 6,000 veterans are buried. Dozens of people turned out for Knox County's Wreaths Across America events Saturday, laying wreaths at both East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery locations where more than 6,000 veterans are buried.
"Placing wreaths on these graves to make sure that the family who still remain know that we remember their fallen," said Amy Frost. "This shows that the community remembers. That they understand that the price of freedom isn't free." "Placing wreaths on these graves to make sure that the family who still remain know that we remember their fallen," said Amy Frost. "This shows that the community remembers. That they understand that the price of freedom isn't free."
Each wreath has a label attached stating, "Today, I placed a wreath on the grave of an American hero." Each wreath has a label attached stating, "Today, I placed a wreath on the grave of an American hero."

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Hundreds of thousands of veterans' graves across the country are now adorned with holiday wreaths, all thanks to National Wreaths Across America Day.

Wreaths Across America is a nationwide effort during the holidays to honor the lives of the men and women who have served in the US armed forces.

Dozens of people turned out for Knox County's Wreaths Across America events Saturday, laying wreaths at both East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery locations where more than 6,000 veterans are buried.

"It is the most beautiful sight. We now have this cemetery totally covered," said Sue Dauber, laying wreaths at the veterans cemetery location on Governor John Sevier Highway.

They started the day with a remembrance ceremony for the lives lost.

Then, volunteers, other veterans and family members of deceased veterans laid the wreaths upon the graves, honoring America's heroes from East Tennessee.

They want to recognize their service to the country.

"To be able to lay a wreath at the marker of a hero, you're forever changed," said Dauber.

It's especially meaningful to Gold Star families, which have a loved one who was killed in action.

Amy Frost's son Christopher Fox was killed in September 2008 during his second tour in Iraq.

"When they knock on your door, you think it's not real. I'm having that bad dream again," said Frost, of Knoxville.

She is laying wreaths not only for her son, but for all fallen heroes.

"We remember their sacrifice and we honor it," said Frost.

She doesn't want any of them to be forgotten.

"Placing wreaths on these graves to make sure that the family who still remain know that we remember their fallen," said Frost. "This shows that the community remembers. That they understand that the price of freedom isn't free."

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett started a campaign several weeks ago to get donations for as many wreaths as possible this year.

For more information about how you can sponsor a wreath for next year's Wreaths Across America day, visit their website.

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