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By Shannon Royster
MADISON, Tenn. - It's not hard to miss the beauty within the Nashville National Cemetery. Every one of the graves, just like our nation's flag, symbolizes strength, unity and pride. 

The uniformity of the place is stunning. But if you look closely off in the distance, Annette Robeck with Wreaths Across America, said something makes some of the headstones different from the rest.

"This year at the Nashville National Cemetery we got 434 wreaths," she said. "We have roughly 30,000 graves here, so it wasn't even a drop in the bucket." 

There are 35,968 graves to be exact. During this year's Wreaths Across America ceremony, fewer than 500 veterans were honored with a holiday wreath.

"It's sad because even though we were here to remember them, we didn't have the wreaths to place on them to say a soldier got remembered. A soldier got thanked," said Robeck.

Every year the cemetery selects another section to cover, so eventually every veteran will have received a holiday wreath. 

This year it was the Civil War section, but there weren't enough wreaths to fully cover it.

"Some folks probably don't think about it until after the fact," said Robeck. "Some folks I don't know maybe might not think its worth their time and trouble."

The Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery didn't reach its wreath laying goal either.  It received 902 wreaths but has more than 9,000 graves.

Wreaths Across America relies on your financial contributions. It costs $15 to lay a wreath. 

If you would like to have a wreath placed on a veterans grave next holiday season, all you have to do is go to the Wreaths Across America website.  Be sure to use the cemetery code: TNNNCM. That guarantees your wreath will go to a cemetery in the mid-state.

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