Glennville Lions Club President Mickey Anderson presented a $600 check to Glennville Faith Rider Steve Long for a donation to the group's project of raising funds each year for the placement of Remembrance Wreaths at the graves of those buried at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery (GVMC) in Glennville. The presentation was made at the Glennville Lions Club meeting of October 26, 2023.
This year's Remembrance Wreath ceremony will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at the Cemetery located on Hwy. 301 N./N. Veterans Blvd. The placement of Remembrance Wreaths at the national cemeteries in December has become a nationwide project, and the Glennville Faith Riders is dedicated to this each year.
According to Glennville GVMC Director Ernie Cowart, approximately 2400 burials are now at the Glennville veterans' cemetery.
"We also realize that the cost of the wreaths increased from $15 each to $17 this year, so we increased our contribution from the last year's amount of $300," said President Anderson, adding that he hoped other organizations and individuals would consider an increase in their donation to the Wreaths Across America project as well.
As one of their many projects, the Glennville Faith Riders work to ensure that all graves of United States Veterans have a wreath placed during this service held nationwide each December. All wreaths sponsored locally are placed at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville.
Forms to sponsor a wreath are available at the Glennville office of The Journal Sentinel or by visiting www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Wreath purchases can be made in honor of, or in memory of individuals.
"Each year, it becomes more of a struggle to place a wreath on each grave. We add an average of 125 veterans to our cemetery in Glennville each year," said Donnie Epperson, who has been a tremendous force for the Glennville Faith Riders, one of its co-founders and who works tirelessly, along with other members, to procure funds for this Remembrance Wreath placement.
In addition, the public is invited to this 12-noon ceremony on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville. Several other groups assist and participate in this impressive ceremony and placement of the wreaths.
For more information, contact Donnie Epperson at 912-654-4491, 912-237-4029 (cell), or email email@example.com. Your donations are needed by November 20. If you would like to send a check for the number of wreaths you would like to sponsor times the price of $17, your check can be made payable to Wreaths Across America, c/o Donnie Epperson-Glennville Faith Riders, 104 Rinaldo Thompson Rd., Glennville, GA 30427.