Rotarians volunteered their time and made significant donations towards the Wreaths Across America. The mission of the Wreaths Across America organization is to remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve, and teach our children the value of freedom. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the Rotary Club of Americus volunteers to lay wreaths on the graves of veterans at Andersonville National Cemetery, and donates funds to purchase wreaths.
In 2020, Rotarians and other volunteers together placed nearly 11,000 wreaths at Andersonville. Rotarians also assist the day prior by helping unload wreaths from the trucks. Jim Covington, past president of the Americus Club and Chairman of the Friends of Andersonville, is a champion in leading this community-wide effort. This year's event was impacted by COVID-19 in that the program had to be cancelled and the number of volunteers let into the park to lay wreaths was limited.
Rotarians took part in escorting the semi trucks into town which carried the wreaths to Andersonville, unloading the trucks and placing boxes of wreaths throughout the cemetery, and laying wreaths on the graves of soldiers buried there.
|Bennett Trucking and the Taylor Foundation, along with the National Park Service and the Friends of Andersonville provide logistical assistance, as well as, coordination of the program. Normally, there are hundreds of volunteers that come from all over and descend upon the park to lay wreaths on the over 22,000 graves in the park; however, this year, there were limits to the number of volunteers allowed into the park each hour.|