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Wreath-laying set for Saturday at Mountain Home

Contributed • Dec 9, 2019 at 11:05 AM

On Dec. 14, more than 1,640 cemeteries across the country will participate in the National Wreaths Across America Day.

Locally, community members are invited to pay their respects and participate in the wreath laying at Mountain Home National Cemetery on the Mountain Home campus in Johnson City.

The Wreaths Across America program remembers and honors veterans through the laying of remembrance wreaths on the graves of fallen heroes and the speaking of their names aloud.

The Mountain Home ceremony will begin promptly at noon with a wreath presented for each branch of the armed forces. Due to the solemn nature of the ceremony and out of respect for the veterans and their families, attendees are asked to arrive early.

The wreath placement, made possible through donations, will be held after the ceremony concludes at approximately 12:40 p.m. To sponsor wreaths or volunteer for the event, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and search for Mountain Home National Cemetery.

Mountain Home National Cemetery honors veterans and their eligible family members with a final resting place in a national shrine and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our nation.

The Veteran’s Administration operates 139 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 40 states and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. VA also provides funding to establish, expand, improve and maintain 115 veterans’ cemeteries in 48 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam and Saipan.

For veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. In 2017, VA honored more than 361,892 veterans and their loved ones with memorial benefits in national, state, tribal and private cemeteries.

Information on VA burial benefits is available from local VA national cemetery offices, online at www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at (800) 827-1000. To make burial arrangements at any open VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at (800) 535-1117.

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