WRCB's News Anchor Latrice Currie introduces reporter Kate Smith for a segment on Wreaths Across Chattanooga
Kate Smith interviews Chattanooga City Councilman Anthony Byrd.
Major Marty Nix, CAP, and City Councilman Anthony Byrd look on and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger proclaims Saturday, December 15, 2017 to be "Wreaths Across Chattanooga Day."
Kate Smith interviews U. S. Navy Captain Mickey McCamish (retired).
Kate Smith interviews WAA Location Leader, Major Marty Nix, of the Civil Air Patrol.
WRCB reporter, Kate Smith produced and edited the feature which appeared during the News Channel 3 broadcast on August 10th, 2018
November 18, 2018 on WDEF News Channel 9 Website
'Wreaths Across Chattanooga' Seeking Volunteers and Donations
November 14, 2018 on WRCBtv Channel 3 website
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Saturday, December 15
Local Group Sponsor's 100+ Wreaths
At this week's monthly meeting of the Hamilton County Republican Woman's Group, Patsy Henry, president of the organization, is shown here presenting a check to Captain Mickey McCamish, USN (Retired), to be used to sponsor over 100 wreaths for Wreaths Across Chattanooga (part of the national event, Wreaths Across America (WAA). US Congressman Chuck Fleischman was present for the meeting. Photo by Jack Mullinax
Shiloh Baptist Church Sponsor's 128 Wreaths for our Veterans
In this photo that was published in the Cleveland Banner, Pastor Charlie Campbell (right) and Jay Peterson (left) presented Marty Nix and Frances Barker with a check for $1,280 from donations provided by Shiloh Baptist Church in Ocoee. Money raised is to be used to place wreaths on veteran headstones in Chattanooga National Cemetery on Dec. 15, as part of Wreaths Across America.
Here is a list of businesses that supported Wreaths Across Chattanooga in 2018. Thank you!!!
Here is a list of the Non-Profit Fundraising Groups that did so much to get us to nearly 10,000 locally sponsored wreaths in 2018: Thank you all! (listed alphabetically):
2019 Wreaths Across Chattanooga
The weather was cool but dry, as thousands of Chattanoogans attended the Wreaths Across America ceremony held on Saturday, December 14th, 2019, at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Immediately following the ceremony, volunteers walked to various sections of the cemetery and helped honor more than 30% of the veterans buried there with a holiday wreath.
This year, Wreaths Across Chattanooga, in cooperation with about three dozen non-profit groups and dozens of local businesses, funded over 12,500 wreaths. This represents an increase of more than 25% above the last year, which was also an all time record for local fundraising for the project, U S Navy Capt Mickey McCamish (ret,) served as M. C. for the ceremony, which featured Claudia “Bo” Cox, (a Chattanooga Vet Center employee) singing "Wreaths Across Chattanooga" and the national anthem.
The WAA team is now working for the next two goals. First, finding volunteers to help retrieve the wreaths on January 20th (starting at 8:30 am), and second, to start the campaign to meet the ambitious goal of placing a wreath at all 47,000 headstones starting in 2020.
2018 Photos & Press Releases
Press Conference: Conducted August 10, 2018, 9:30 am at Chattanooga National Cemetery
Quote from coverage provided by WRCB-TV Channel 3 News, by Reporter: Kate Smith
"Veterans asking for donations for Wreaths Across America"
Its a tradition in the Scenic City since 2006, to place wreaths on the grave sites of fallen veterans.
For the 2018 Christmas season, Chattanooga Area military organizations are joining forces with the Civil Air Patrol to ensure that a wreath is placed on each of the gravestones at Chattanooga National Cemetery.
The holidays are a few months away, but one organization is already thinking ahead. Wreaths Across America kicked off their annual campaign at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
There are 43,000 graves at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. This year's goal is to have a wreath on every plot for the holidays.
Officials said it is often a misconception a wreath is placed on every grave marker at the National Cemetery. But that's not the case. Only 10,000 plots received wreaths last year.
“How do you choose which grave do you put a wreath on. That just didn't seem right. We should all come together within the community to make sure each gravestone has a wreath on it,” said Captain with the US Navy Mickey McCamish.
The placement of these wreaths will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at noon.
Press Release: August 10, 2018
At the press conference, Location Leader, Maj Marty Nix, Civil Air Patrol, made the following remarks:
"Although the annual placing of wreaths on our veteran’s headstones started in Arlington about 25 years ago, the initiative to expand the effort to all the national cemeteries started in 2006. Here in Chattanooga, this will be our 13th year of holding the Wreaths Across America ceremony and placing wreaths. In our early years, our community was able to raise funds to sponsor a couple hundred wreaths per year and it has grown to a few thousand wreaths per year. While we have been rotating the laying of wreaths among various sections of the cemetery, we have not yet been able to decorate the grave of every veteran here, not even once.
"But starting in January of this year, members of our local Civil Air Patrol squadron started on a quest to find a way to fulfill the vision of honoring every veteran interred here in Chattanooga, this year, and EVERY YEAR.
It’s been with the help of a couple of dozen volunteer organizations that we have gotten this far, but we recognize that it will take a lot more help to reach this worthy goal. Over the last couple of months, we have been working with Captain Mickey McCamish and several of his fellow associates from the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council member organizations. Together, we have set an ambitious goal; to raise the necessary $430,000 needed this year to honor every one of these 43,000 veterans resting here.
"Chattanooga is proud of our U S Military members, from those that served during the Revolutionary War, all the way to modern day conflicts. We need to honor the ultimate sacrifice that many of our community have made on behalf of America, so we can enjoy the freedoms afforded to the citizens of this great country.
This is very personal to me, as it is to thousands of family members like me. My father served in the US Navy, and he is buried here, as well as four of my uncles who served their nation. Its love and honor that compels me to continue to remember their sacrifice they made on our behalf. I know there are thousands of others that share what I feel. Every holiday season, we remember the veterans that aren’t able to be with us anymore, and sponsoring a wreath or placing a wreath on one of these 43,000 headstones, seems to me to be the least we can do to remember their service and honor their lives.
"I hope you all, as citizens of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, and the Tri-State area, will join me in this worthy effort. We need donations to sponsor Wreaths Across Chattanooga. Donations as small as $10 or $15 can sponsor a wreath. We will post the results as we make progress towards the financial goal at our website:
"We will keep the community informed by announcing progress and developments on our Wreaths Across Chattanooga page on Facebook.
"We hope, no – we NEED hundreds of people to come out to the brief ceremony we will have here at noon on December 15th and we hope you will stay and help us distribute 43,000 wreaths immediately after the ceremony.
"We appreciate the support that our community leaders have shown and are continuing to show for this cause. We need the continued support of our local volunteer organizations who have faithfully supported Wreaths Across Chattanooga for a dozen years and counting. If you are a member of a volunteer organization, any group of citizens, or an employer please contact us and we’ll help you get registered to gather support for the mission.
"Even if you are not a member of one of the organizations, even if you can’t make a corporate donation, or even sponsor a wreath, please come out and help us lay wreaths on December 15th. Bring your children so they can learn, in a tangible way, how we honor and treasure the sacrifice of our military members.
"Finally, we appreciate the support that has been provided by the members of the media. The television stations that have covered past events, the radio stations that have welcomed us for announcement and interviews, and the print and electronic media that have helped us communicate the need and the news, we say thank you! We desperately need your continued help and support.
"The mission of Wreaths Across America is to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve, and their families, and Teach the children the value of freedom. On behalf of Civil Air Patrol, the dozens of veteran and volunteer organizations, the members of our organizing committee and every family represented with a headstone, I thank you in advance for your time, your efforts, and your generosity."
Following Nix's remarks, Hamilton County Mayor, Jim Coppinger and Chattanooga City Councilman Anthony Byrd each read proclamations declaring Saturday, December 15th, 2018 as "Wreaths Across Chattanooga Day."
The event was attended by members of each of the branches of military service, veteran groups and Wreaths Across Chattanooga committee members.
September 7, 2018 on WDEF News Channel 9
Article and Story by Christina Reuille
COAST GUARD, CAR WASH RAISE MONEY FOR GRAVESTONE WREATHS
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – There are 43,000 gravestones at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
And most people think they are all decorated with a wreath on special holidays, but that’s not true.
However, volunteers are trying to change that
The Chattanooga Detachment of the United States Coast Guard joined with a car wash company to raise money to buy wreaths for the other 33,000 gravestones – that remind us of the contributions made by these military men and women.
That company is Surf’s Up Car Wash.
Owner Jon Woodward says, “I see it on the news and I said, hey we can help, there’s a lot of things we can do to uh, help him out with it so why not? But we want to honor our fallen veterans so what better way to do it.”
The program is part of “Wreaths Across Chattanooga” and it brought out some well-known volunteers who were part of the crews that washed cars.
Retired US Navy Captain Mickey McCamish was there. He says, “To accomplish our goal of a wreath on forty three thousand gravestones, we had to start now and Jon, and Surf’s Up, this is our first major fund-raising event, what a great location to do it in, the weather is perfect.”
Most of the 10,000 wreaths that are currently used at the national cemetery were donated at the national level, and funds collected during this campaign will add to them.
Donations from individuals are added to the money donated by Surf’s Up Carwash.
The volunteers feel strongly about this fundraising effort this year.
Woodward added, “It’s been really, really busy, and compared to our other location in Cleveland, it normally is about the same, and we’re beating them soundly here so, that’s a good testament to uh, to the draw that we’ve got here for the cause, so it’s awesome!”
Surf’s Up owner Jon Woodward presented Capt. McCamish a check for $1,000 dollars from the car wash today.
The Wreaths across Chattanooga campaign needs volunteers to help them place the wreaths.
Chattanooga Veterans Affairs Council Meeting
On Friday, September 14, 2018, Maj. Marty Nix was invited to addresses the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council (CVAC), sharing the challenge to sponsor 43,000 wreaths for our Chattanooga National Cemetery event on December 15, 2018 at noon. Earlier in the meeting, the CVAC voted to admit Civil Air Patrol's Choo Choo Senior Squadron as an Associate Member of CVAC. Maj. Nix is a long-time member of the Choo Choo Squadron, and serves as the squadron's Emergency Services Officer. Held at the American Legion Building on Rossville Blvd. in Eastridge, the room was filled with members of the CVAC; people dedicated to care for, support and appreciate our nation's veterans.
Walker County Republican Party Meeting
On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, Maj. Marty Nix, of the Civil Air Patrol, attended the monthly meeting of the Walker County Republican Party. He had been invited to make a brief presentation about the Wreaths Across Chattanooga project, and the goal to raise sponsorship for 43,000 wreaths, enough to lay a wreath at every headstone at Chattanooga National Cemetery. In response, various members contributed a total of $160 in support of our Chattanooga area veterans. This will purchase 16 wreaths which will be presented at the noon ceremony on Saturday, December 15, 2018.
Chattanooga Disabled American Veterans and D.A.V. Auxiliary
Maj Marty Nix, CAP was invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Disabled American Veterans and was presented with two donations; The DAV is sponsoring 50 wreaths, and the DAV Auxiliary is sponsoring 100 wreaths.
Nix is one of several volunteers willing to come to your business or organization and make a presentation and/or kick-off your fundraising activities. Please let us know if you would like to have us at your next meeting.
Chattanoogan.com - Nov 20, 2018
Donations Needed To Honor Veterans at Chattanooga National Cemetery
Nov 20, 2018 - Chattanooga, Tennessee – As of last week, there were approximately 3,000 wreaths sponsored for the December, 15th, 2018 ceremony at Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Several large donations, including a 1,000 wreath donation from Unum, have increased that number to substantially. With more than two dozen non-profit groups still seeking individual sponsorships, we are on pace to reach the 10,000 wreaths mark in time for the December 15th ceremony.
Maj. Marty Nix, CAP, this year’s Chattanooga Location Leader said, “Our goal for this year has been to place a wreath on every one of the 43,000 headstones at Chattanooga National Cemetery. That means we are still 33,000 wreaths short of our goal. If you, your church or club, your employer, or any one you know might be willing to help us honor 100% of the veterans buried in our Chattanooga National Cemetery (CNC) this year, please direct them to the following website: www.ChattanoogaWAA.com”
Nix continued, “Additionally, we will need hundreds of volunteers to help us place wreaths, immediately following the noon ceremony on Saturday, December 15th, 2018. The 20-minute ceremony will be held at the pavilion at the cemetery. More than two dozen of the area volunteer organizations (including the Civil Air Patrol, Young Marines, Navy Sea Cadets, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Patriot Riders, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution and more) will be participating in the ceremony and/or involved in distributing wreaths on grave sites at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.”
2d Lt. Byron Poe, CAP, who is organizing the unloading of wreaths from the trucks before the ceremony, and placement of the wreaths immediately after the ceremony, wants the general public to know that, “Only handicapped parking will be available at the cemetery. We must ask the general public to park at the National Guard Armory, about one mile south of the cemetery. From there, we will have free shuttle buses to transport volunteers from the parking lot to the cemetery, and back again afterwards, running until the last wreath has been placed. We suggest you plan to arrive at about 11:00 am so you can be at the pavilion for the ceremony at noon.”
Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at over 1400 participating locations all across the Country.
November 18, 2018 on WDEF News Channel 9 Website
'Wreaths Across Chattanooga' Seeking Volunteers and Donations
Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – Military organizations in Chattanooga are coming together this holiday season to see a wreath is placed on each of the thousands of gravestones at Chattanooga National Cemetery.
The placement of these wreaths will be during a ceremony held at the cemetery pavilion, on Saturday, December 15th, at noon. The Chattanooga National Cemetery is located at 1200 Bailey Avenue.
Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony. “Wreaths Across America exist today because of the individuals and communities across the country who want to do something to show their gratitude,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America.
"Placing a wreath is a simple gesture, but people coming together across the country to Remember, Honor and Teach, is what makes us all a part of a larger community of Americans.”
Although many believe wreaths are placed on every grave marker at Chattanooga National Cemetery, only enough funds or donations cover around 10,000 of the 43,000 headstones. With more than two dozen non-profit groups still seeking individual sponsorships, Chattanooga is on pace to reach the 10,000 wreaths mark in time for the ceremony.
As of last week, there were approximately 3,000 wreaths sponsored. The mission of Wreaths Across Chattanooga is to lay a wreath on every gravestone at Chattanooga National, in remembrance of the Chattanooga area veterans who served the country.
Volunteers are needed to help place wreaths following the ceremony on Saturday.
If you would like to sponsor a wreath, or would like more information, visit www.ChattanoogaWAA.com
November 29, 2018 From Wreaths Across Chattanooga
Program for the 2018 Event
Here is the information contained in this year's program which will be handed to everyone that rides the free shuttle from the TN National Guard Armory to the Chattanooga National Cemetery, and everyone attending the 20- minute ceremony to be held at noon, on Saturday, December 15th, 2018.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICATM CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL CEMETERY DECEMBER 15, 2018 - NOON
REMEMBER OUR FALLEN U. S. VETERANS
HONOR THOSE WHO SERVE AND THEIR FAMILIES
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THE VALUE OF FREEDOM.
Please help us REMEMBER our fallen U. S. Veterans. There are 63 sections on the grounds, and we will be placing wreaths on as many sections as our financial donations allow. To each of these sections, a section leader has been assigned. Wreaths have been set up for placement at the beginning of every row. We would appreciate your help in placing these wreaths immediately following the 20-minute ceremony. Here are some things to keep in mind:
• Walk to one of the sections that needs volunteers,
• Be respectful in your conversation and action,
• Line up in an orderly fashion and take one wreath at a time,
• Walk down the row you are assigned,
• Walk along the “foot” of the gravesites, and not across the head of the gravesites.
• Place the wreath at the first open headstone you come to,
• Say the name of the veteran (aloud, softly or silently),
• Step forward and place the wreath against the headstone, with the ribbon at the top of the wreath,
• Back up from the headstone and pause for a moment,
• If you desire, you may salute, stand at attention, or say “Thank you” (aloud, softly or silently),
• Proceed down the row, circle around the section and re-join the line to place another wreath until all wreaths have been placed in that section.
• If you can, go to another section that is not yet completed and assist that section in laying wreaths
Our thanks to all the sponsors, volunteer organizations, and the citizens of Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and beyond for your time and generous contributions. Keep the veterans and their families in your thoughts and prayers during this holiday season and join us again next year.
We need help removing the wreaths after the holidays. Please join us on Saturday, January 26th, 2019. See www.ChattanoogaWAA for details.
For current information and instructions, please see our website at ChattanoogaWAA.com Please post your photos to Facebook, and like us @WreathsAcrossChattanooga