Public invited to Knoxville wreath-laying ceremony

(SOURCE: Blount County Veteran's Affairs)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Wreaths from Wreaths Across America are expected to arrive in Knoxville Thursday on two 18-wheelers.

The trucks will make their way down Interstate 81, onto I-40 and into Knox County with a motorcycle escort organized by Rolling Thunder TN Chapter 3.

Mayor Tim Burchett says the wreaths will be unloaded at around 6:00 PM at Perceptics, located at 11130 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, followed by a brief program welcoming the wreaths and recognizing supports.

The wreaths will be stored for wreath laying ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 13 at noon.

Ceremonies will take place at East Tennessee State Veteran Cemeteries on Lyons View Pike and John Sevier Highway and the Knoxville National Cemetery on Tyson Street.

Mayor Burchett invites the public to any of the three ceremonies and to help place wreaths on graves at each location.

More than $55,000 was raised in support of this year’s Wreaths Across America effort in Knox County.

Perceptics made a large donation to the effort that made it possible for every headstone in the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Gov. John Sevier Highway to receive a wreath.

Pilot Flying J also made a substantial contribution, along with contributions from many small businesses and organizations around the community.

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