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Wreaths Across America honoring deceased military in Coffee County

Wreaths across America has placed Remembrance Wreaths on the military graves at Arlington National Cemetery at Christmas for 30 years.

For the fifth year Coffee County has joined more than 3,100 other sites nation-wide participating in this program to honor our deceased military veterans.

On Saturday December 18, 2021 following a ceremony at 11 a.m., wreaths will be placed graves of military veterans that have been identified who are interred at several local cemeteries.

Evergreen (75 military graves), Maplewood (280 military graves) and Oakwood (250 military graves) Cemeteries in Tullahoma will also have ceremonies at 11 a.m.

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Marine Corps Junior ROTC Cadets Tullahoma High School will participate in the ceremony and help place wreaths at Oakwood Cemetery in Tullahoma. 

The Coffee County Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Honor Guard will participate in the ceremony  at 11 a.m. and place wreaths at Hurricane Grove Cemetery (30 military graves) just off I-24 northwest of exit 105 in Coffee County.

The Army Junior ROTC from Warren County High School will participate in the ceremony at Fredonia Cemetery (95 military graves) at 2 p.m.

 The Brig Gen. Shofner chapter of the Marine Corps League will run the ceremonies at Shofners Cemetery at 11 a.m. and Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Bedford County at noon.

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A ceremony will also be held at the Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery at 11 a.m. where a Revolutionary War veteran and veterans of the Civil War are buried.

Ceremonial wreaths will also be placed at Citizens Cemetery in Tullahoma and at Rose Hill Cemetery in rural Coffee County.

Prior to the ceremonies at cemeteries a ceremony placing eight  ceremonial wreaths representing all the military services, the Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and POW/MIAs will be held at the old Coffee County Courthouse on the Square in Manchester at 9:00 a.m.

Families of military veterans buried at any of these cemeteries are invited to make sure the committee has the name and location of the grave of their family member so a wreath can be placed on their grave in case they have not already been identified.

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The Coffee County Republican Women have taken this project on as a non-partisan project with 100 percent of all funds collected locally being used to order and place wreaths on veterans graves.

All the money collected for this project goes directly to Wreaths Across America who are shipping the wreaths directly to Coffee County from Maine.

Funds have been raised to place wreaths on all currently identified military graves in the ten local locations this year.
Anyone interested in adding and being the Point of Contact for other local cemeteries in 2022 can contact Cyndi Clower (931) 728-9898 at Clower Automotive at 1406 McArthur St. in Manchester, TN 37355.
 

Checks for the 2022 Wreaths Across America effort should be made out to WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA TM and dropped off or mailed to Cyndi Clower (931) 728-9898 at Clower Automotive at 1406 McArthur St. in Manchester, TN 37355.

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Wreaths across America is a IRS 501c3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible.
$15 sponsors one wreath – $30 sponsors two wreaths – $75 sponsors five wreaths $150 sponsors 10 wreaths.
Businesses, organizations and individuals can sponsor wreaths and they can do so in memory of a deceased veteran or veterans.

If you would like to volunteer to help place wreaths on December 18th call Claude Morse (931) 247-5151.
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Coffee County TN Wreaths Across America Committee

Spokesperson/Board Member Claude Morse (931) 247-5151

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Wreaths Across America Events on December 18, 2021

9 a.m. War Memorials, Old Coffee County Courthouse
        Eight Ceremonial Wreaths Only
        POC Claude Morse  (931) 247-5151

11 a.m. Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery
        Eight Ceremonial Wreaths and approximately 61 military graves
        Sons of the Confederacy
        POC  Michael Anderson

11 a.m. Hurricane Grove Cemetery – Rural Coffee County near I-24 exit 105
        Eight Ceremonial Wreaths and approximately 30 military graves
        Coffee County High School Junior Air Force ROTC
        POC Bobbie Morse (931) 247-4545

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11 a.m.  Evergreen Cemetery  – Tullahoma
        Eight Ceremonial Wreaths and approximately 75 military graves
        POC Tullahoma Alderman Sernobia McGee  (931) 247-2082

11 a.m.  Maplewood Cemetery  –  Tullahoma
        Eight Ceremonial Wreaths and approximately 280 military graves
        Tullahoma Girl Scout Troop
        POC Greg Gressel  (615) 969-8005

11 a.m.  Oakwood Cemetery  –  Tullahoma
        Eight Ceremonial Wreaths and approximately 250 military graves
        Tullahoma High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC
        POC Claude Morse  (931) 247-5151

11 a.m.  Shofner Cemetery – Bedford County
        Eight Ceremonial Wreaths and approximately 30 military graves
        Brig. General  Shofner Chapter of the Marine Corps League
        POC  Fred Kasper  (847) 687-2747

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Noon – Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Church – Bedford County
        Eight Ceremonial wreaths
        Brig. General  Shofner Chapter of the Marine Corps League

2 p.m. Fredonia Cemetery – Rural Coffee  County
        Eight Ceremonial Wreaths and approximately 100 military graves
        McMinnville High School Army Junior ROTC
        POC  –  Cyndi Clower  (931) 247-4882

TBD  Citizens Cemetery – Tullahoma
        Eight Ceremonial Wreaths Only

TBD  Rose Hill Cemetery – Highway 55 Coffee County
        Eight Ceremonial Wreaths Only

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