Andersonville receives record-number Christmas wreaths to honor veterans
Thousands of former soldiers are being honored in a special way during the holiday season.
This year, Andersonville National Cemetery received 3,654 Christmas wreaths from the Wreaths Across America program, the most the cemetery has ever gotten.
Most of those wreaths were put at the graves of Civil War soldiers, while others were designated for particular soldiers by the people who donated them.
That includes one that went to Pvt. Harold Hirschi, a World War II prisoner of war who was buried in an unmarked grave in the Philippines for 75 years before finally being laid to rest at Andersonville earlier this year.
"With 21,000 graves here, we want to make sure each grave here gets honored with a wreath at least once, and so being able to have this many wreaths here at the same time this year was really special," said Jody Mays, interpretation & resource management chief at Andersonville.
The wreaths will be out until Jan. 10, when Andersonville is inviting the public to come out and help pick them up.