The weekly veterans group that meets at Franklin Memorial Library every Monday morning at 9:30 has taken on the Wreaths Across America project, set for December 17.
In November 2021, John Tapley of the Georgia Society – Sons of the American Revolution’s Wiregrass Chapter organized the first event of this kind on the local level . The Wreaths Across America campaign held December 18 at the park on the corner of Highway 80 West and Highway 57 North was part of a nationwide effort organized by the SAR.
This year, however, Tapley has invited the veterans who meet weekly at the library to participate in the 2022 undertaking. Specifically, with the veterans’ help, wreaths will be laid in four cemeteries: Swainsboro City Cemetery, East Brook Cemetery, the Baptist church cemetery, and the Early Settlers Cemetery.
Over the last two weeks, the local veterans have identified more than 800 graves in these cemeteries that belong to late service members. There are numerous veteran graves that are unmarked, thus the need for the public’s help with the project.
If you have a veteran family member who is buried in one of these four graveyards, call Rebecca Black at Franklin Memorial at 478-237-7791. Helpful information to relay includes: the veteran’s name, his or her branch of service (the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve), the name of the cemetery at which he or she is buried, and the location in said cemetery at which the Wreaths Across America workers can find the service member’s grave.