Honoring our Fallen Veterans: Wreaths Across America
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343
Andersonville National Historic Site would like to invite you to join thousands of Americans to remember and honor our military veterans by participating in the national Wreaths Across America program. Sponsored wreaths will be laid on gravesites in National Cemeteries across the country, including Andersonville National Cemetery, on Saturday, December 11, 2010.
If you, your family, organization, or business is interested in sponsoring a 20" Frasier Fir wreath with a red velveteen bow, please contact your local florist to make these arrangements. You can learn more about the program and purchase wreaths online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
The Civil Air Patrol from Americus, Georgia will conduct this annual ceremony honoring America's armed forces in the Andersonville National Cemetery on December 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM; wreaths will be distributed throughout the cemetery immediately following.
All wreaths must be delivered to the Andersonville National Historic Site park headquarters building at 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA 31711 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2010.
If you or your organization would like to volunteer to assist with the laying of these wreaths, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Eric Leonard, Andersonville National Historic Site, at 229 924-0343 no later than December 1, 2010.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located ten miles south of Montezuma, Georgia, and ten miles north of Americus, Georgia on Highway 49.Park grounds, including Andersonville National Cemetery, open at 8:00 a.m. and the National Prisoner of War Museum opens at 8:30 a.m. The park, cemetery, and museum close at 5:00 p.m.For more information, call 229 924-0343 or visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande
Did You Know?
The Sultana was a steamboat on the Mississippi River that sunk on April 27, 1865, after its steam boiler exploded. Of the 2,400 passengers on board, an estimated 1,600 were killed. A majority of the passengers, a little over 2,000, were Union soldiers many of whom had survived Andersonville prison and were returning home. Most of these men had survived the horrors of Andersonville only to be lost in what became the greatest maritime disaster in the history of the United States.