Wreaths Program
Wreaths Across America

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Wreaths Across America

On Saturday, December 16, 2017, the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery will participate in the national Wreaths Across America program. The mission of the Wreaths Across America program is: "Remember - Honor - and Teach. Remember the fallen; Honor those who serve;Teach our children the value of freedom. "

Prior to the event, a fir wreath with a red ribbon will be placed on all the graves in the National Cemetery by veterans and the Junior ROTC. During the event, seven ceremonial wreaths representing each branch of military service, with the last recognizing POWs and MIAs, will be carried through a saber arch salute provided by the Junior ROTC cadets. A moment of silence will follow, taps will be played, and there will be remarks and patriotic music. The public is warmly invited to the program which will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
Andrew Johnson Homestead

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The Andrew Johnson Homestead is undergoing renovation. The installation of a system to moderate the temperature and humidity levels within the house will help preserve the family treasures for generations to come. While the house is emptied of artifacts and closed for tours, explore more of the treasures at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site through the Google Cultural Institute virtual exhibit.

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Eliza McCardle Johnson

Discover more about Eliza McCardle Johnson through C-Span's "First Ladies: Influence and Image" series. The broadcast enables viewers to learn more about this reclusive yet quietly influential First Lady.

Eliza Johnson is credited with teaching her husband to read and write. He actually had the rudiments of an education, and she helped further it along. Andrew Johnson acknowledged his gratitude in some of his speeches.

Nashville's Union and American synopsis from a Johnson speech at Sparta (1853) credited him as saying: "God bless woman! For she had taught him the rudiments of the education which he had."

And from Johnson's remarks at the Tennessee State Fair (1857): "I tell you, my fellow-citizens, the day is coming when it will be seen that the integrity of this government depends upon the education of our daughters."

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The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is a fee-free site, but is still a member of the Blue Star Museum program. Learn more.

Last updated: December 13, 2017

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