Group uncovers more veteran graves in the Great Smoky Mountains

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Nestled in the ground throughout the Great Smoky Mountains from Tennessee to North Carolina are the graves of some of our nation’s heroes.

“Some of the families notified us that their loved one was cremated and scattered in the park,” project organizer Joe Emert said. “We’re up to 204 now.”

The group originally only uncovered a little over 160 graves but since WBIR first met Emert in July, they’ve found more.

Emert said several people are involved in the work including Marilyn Childress with Wreaths Across America

“People want their stories told they are always always anxious to talk about their loved ones…especially the ones who’ve served in the military,” he said.

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