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By Marsha Pinson
The Knox County Commissioners met Monday morning, December 21, 2020, with Novelty Senior Citizens’ Judith Rhoades and Marsha Pinson to lay the wreaths at the Veterans Memorial in the Knox County courtyard.
This is the fifth year that the Novelty Senior Center has organized the Wreaths Across America project for Knox County. Over three hundred wreaths were placed: for all veterans buried at the Novelty, Bee Ridge and Mt. Salem cemeteries, as well as others placed at various cemeteries throughout the county. Local businesses and individuals from eight states and two countries donated to help cover those three cemeteries; and individuals also purchased wreaths for their specific veteran.
Over one million wreaths were placed this year through the Veterans Across America project.
The wreaths at the Veterans’ Memorial in the Knox County Courthouse yard are to honor all other veterans in Knox County who did not receive a specific wreath. Those two wreaths were purchased by Presiding Commissioner Evan Glasgow, a veteran himself, and by Eastern Commissioner Ronnie Leckbee, honoring the memory of his grandfather, Jesse Leckbee.