Wreaths Across America 2011 at Andersonville National Cemetery
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, ext 201
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia - Andersonville National Historic Site would like to invite you to join thousands of Americans to remember and honor our military veterans past and present by participating in the Wreaths Across America program. Sponsored wreaths will be laid on gravesites in National Cemeteries across the country, including Andersonville National Cemetery, on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
The Civil Air Patrol will conduct this annual ceremony honoring America's armed forces in the Andersonville National Cemetery on December 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM; wreaths will be distributed throughout the cemetery immediately following.
Wreaths Across America is a national program to not only honor those currently being buried, but also to remember the thousands of forgotten graves found in National Cemeteries. Each year the sections in which sponsored wreaths are placed are rotated to eventually include all veterans buried in the National Cemetery. For 2011 sponsored wreaths will be placed in Sections A and B, which contain burials dating from the Civil War to the early 1960s.
If you, your family, organization, or business is interested in sponsoring one or more wreaths to be placed on a grave in the cemetery, you can learn more about the program and sponsor wreaths online at http://wreathsacrossamerica.org
If you are interested in remembering a loved one or a specific grave in the cemetery, beginning December 1, 2011, wreaths and floral blankets no larger than 2 by 3 feet are permitted in the cemetery. Please contact your local florist to order an appropriate floral decoration. Wreaths should be brought in person, or delivered by a florist, directly to the gravesite. To find the location of a specific grave, please visit http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov
"As always, we invite families to remember their loved ones by decorating their gravesites during the holiday season," says Brad Bennett, Superintendent of Andersonville National Historic Site, "For others who may not have a direct family connection, but wish to honor 'forgotten' veterans interred at Andersonville National Cemetery, the Wreaths Across America program and the Civil Air Patrol ceremony allow us to remember the many sacrifices made in service to our nation."
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The site features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System and serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm with the museum opening at 8:30 am. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
Did You Know?
A small number of Andersonville prisoners were able to grow crops such as beans and corn. Prisoner diaries and sketches mention this fact and a photograph taken in the summer of 1864 shows corn stalks growing near a shelter. Such an undertaking would require constant guard and demonstrates that prisoners knew they might be captives at Andersonville for quite some time.