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Longstanding tradition for vets is thousands short

The headstones of all of the veterans at the Georgia National Cemetery are beautiful at Christmas, but the decorating tradition may be in jeopardy because Wreaths Across America is thousands short.  George La Bollita, who served in the Army and whose son is buried at the cemetery, says at Christmas, it's quite a sight to see.

“Nothing makes the cemetery look like it does when we have those wreaths,” La Bollita said.

But this year, donations are way down and Evanthe Papastahis with Wreaths Across America, tells Channel 2 Action News they are literally thousands short this year.

“I have family members who are calling me saying ‘Will my loved one have a wreath?’ and I tell them I can’t guarantee it. I don’t know what we are going to do.”

She says if they don't get the necessary donations, they may have to place the wreaths at the end of rows or just one wreath on the front of each section.  Volunteers will put the wreaths up in a two-and-a-half weeks.   A 15-dollar donation will provide one hand-made wreath. 

Cherokee ROTC made a donation to the cause. Leadership explained it is very important to the cadets to help provide wreaths.

“It’s an honor to honor the ones that served us. To give something back to them,” said Douglas McCoy with the Cherokee ROTC.

To make a donation, you can go their website at wreathsacrossamerica.org.

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