MOUNT VERNON — On Saturday, Wreaths Across America, a national effort to place holiday wreaths on individual veterans’ graves nationwide and overseas, took place. Due to the weekend’s inclement weather, Mount Vernon’s observance was held Wednesday at Mound View Cemetery.

Following the flag raising by the color guard from the Air Force junior ROTC program at Knox County Career Center, Chief Craig Cox, instructor, called for a moment of silence to honor the fallen, prisoners of war, those missing in action, and those who have served and are serving.

“We live in one nation under one flag,” Cox said. “Our freedoms come at a price. We can worship as we see fit, travel unhindered from one end of the country to another, exercise the right to vote, and expect justice and equality. We thank those who gave their lives to ensure those freedoms. We also honor active duty personnel and their families.”

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Joshua Morrison/News Austin Anderson, a cadet with the Knox County Career Center Air Force JROTC program, places a wreath at a grave of a veteran in Moundview Cemetery on Wednesday. The JROTC, along with the Lucy Knox Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and other volunteers, placed 429 wreaths on the graves of veterans.

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Austin Anderson, a cadet with the Knox County Career Center Air Force JROTC program, places a wreath at a grave of a veteran in Moundview Cemetery on Wednesday. The JROTC, along with the Lucy Knox Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and other volunteers, placed 429 wreaths on the graves of veterans.

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