MARIETTA, Ga.-- Donations are down for this year'sWreaths Across Americaat Marietta National Cemetery, and research historian Brad Quinlin is worried the tribute will fall short.
"We have a great opportunity to show these men and women that we appreciate every moment they gave us," Quinlin said.
Last year, the nonprofit raised enough money to place 2,500 Christmas wreaths at the graves of fallen soldiers.
"They gave us the ultimate gift," Quinlin said. "And at the holidays, if we can think about these men and women and all that we enjoy, then that's the perfect tribute."
Wreaths Across America started 20 years ago at Arlington National Cemetery.
It has spread to 500 military cemeteries across the country, including four in metro Atlanta.
At Marietta National Cemetery, Quinlin would eventually like to see every one of the 18,000 headstones adorned.
"Every person is important," Quinlin said. "Every moment they gave us is important."
With a $15 donation, you can sponsor a wreath. The deadlinefor donations is November 23.For details, visit Wreaths Across Americaonline.