First - no matter the weather, as long as the roads are open, we will proceed with the ceremony, rain or shine, hot or cold, wet or dry.
As in 2018, due to continuing expansion at the cemetery, we will be unable to accommodate parking at the cemetery. In the past, the cemetery has been able to accommodate parking for vehicles with handicap permits. However, continued expansion of space used for gravesites has eliminated this too.
We have made special arrangements for parking for those with handicap parking privileges. A designated Handicap Parking area will be available at M&M Industries Inc., which is across the street from the Southeast corner of the cemetery. This is located at 1435 E 14th St, just off Holtzclaw Ave. From there, we will have shuttle transportation to the cemetery, with drop off very close to the pavilion where the ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
All others, please park at any one of the four parking lots listed below. The twenty-minute Wreaths Across Chattanooga annual ceremony will begin promptly at Noon. Immediately following the conclusion of the ceremony, we need hundreds of volunteers to stay and help us distribute wreaths on our veteran's headstones. Free shuttle buses will be available to take you to the event, and bring you back after the event. Buses will start running at 9:00 am, continuously until 30 minutes after the last wreath is placed.
Parking Lot A - M&M Industries Inc. The closest parking will be across the street from the Southeast corner of the cemetery at M&M Industries. This is located at 1435 E 14th St, just off Holtzclaw Ave. As the closest parking, this lot will likely fill up first, probably before 10:00 am. This is the lot that will have a designated handicap parking area.
Parking Lot B - National Guard Armory The next closest parking will be about one mile south of the cemetery on Holtzclaw Ave. at the TN National Guard Armory (1801 S. Holtzclaw Ave). This parking lot is expected to fill up fast. Unless you are arriving before 10:00 am, you will want to choose Parking Lot C, or Park at the Redemption Church (Details Below).
Parking Lot C - Tuftco Corporation Parking Lots A, B and C will be services by the same bus route, so it doesn't really matter which of the three lots you chose, or find space at. Although Tuftco's official street address is 2318 S Holtzclaw Ave in Chattanooga, it will be easier for participants to enter the parking lot by turning South into the driveway on E 23rd Street, about a block and a half East of Holtzclaw Ave.
Parking Lot D - Redemption Church This parking lot has the most parking, and has a separate bus to transport the public from Redemption To The Nations Church to the cemetery. The church is located at 1908 Bailey Ave, about 1/2 mile East of the cemetery.