State cemeteries honor fallen heroes with holiday wreaths

Published 2:40 pm Thursday, November 29, 2018

ATLANTA — Georgia Commissioner of Veterans Service Mike Roby reminds veterans and their families that there is still time to show their gratitude for our military service members with a wreath this holiday season.
Every December, Georgia’s veteran memorial cemeteries in Milledgeville and Glennville participate in Wreaths Across America and lay wreaths at the headstones of Georgia’s fallen sons and daughters.
“Taking a moment during the busy holiday season to honor the dignity and memory of those who served before us is important,” said Roby. “Georgia has always shown an appreciation for the service of those laid to rest at our veteran cemeteries.”
As part of Wreaths Across America, live wreaths made of balsam fir are placed at the headstones of each veteran buried at the cemetery.
Both of Georgia’s Veterans Memorial Cemeteries host a public program before the wreath laying begins to remember the service and sacrifices of Georgia’s veterans.
“Programs like this aren’t possible without the support of our local community,” said Russ Feagin, director of the GDVS Health and Memorials division. “The deadline to donate a wreath is Dec. 3. With your help, we can ensure that every headstone is honored.”
Volunteers are encouraged to attend the public ceremony and remain to help place wreaths on graves.
The ceremonies will be held at noon Dec. 15 at both Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemeteries.
To donate a wreath to GVMC-Milledgeville or GVMC-Glennville, please visit the Wreaths Across America website and use code GAGVMM for Milledgeville or GAVMCG for Glennville.