Service & Sacrifice: Veteran tribute needs help

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The relatively new tradition of laying holiday wreaths at the graves of military veterans starts with a fundraising effort by the group Knox Wreaths, serving as a branch of the national Wreaths Across America campaign.

“With three (Knox County Veteran) cemeteries combined, we’re looking at 18,000 veterans that we want to honor this year,” said Chris Albrecht who is helping raise the $15 per wreath to decorate as many graves as possible in the community.

“The history is really interesting. It started small, there were about 5000 wreaths placed at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1992, someone took a picture of those wreaths with a blanket of snow over them and the photograph went viral,” explained Albrecht.
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