GAINESVILLE - Wreaths Across America is returning to Gainesville next month.
The General James Longstreet Chapter 46 in Gainesville will sponsor a ceremony at Alta Vista Cemetery at 11:30 Saturday, December 14.
"It is an honor to be part of such a wonderful tradition that works to ensure our veterans and their families are remembered," said an email from the chapter. "There are over 1,200 veterans from all wars interred in Alta Vista. We will continue to sponsor the annual ceremony until we are able to honor all veterans in Alta Vista by placing a wreath on their grave. "
In the first ceremony at Alta Vista, which was held last year, 88 veterans were honored. The group says it is on track to have over 400 wreaths for this year and will continue lining up sponsorships until the Wreaths Across America deadline, which is Sunday.
The Longstreet group says it already has sponsors and volunteers from local veterans associations, civic organizations, schools, and individuals but more sponsors are welcome.
You can sponsor a wreath at Alta Vista by visiting www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and selecting Alta Vista under the location tab. You may also contact the location leader directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. On Facebook, the page is Wreaths Across America Gainesville GA.