Wreaths Across America’s Mobile Education Exhibit to Make a Local Stop at Wheeling Park
WHEELING — Wreaths Across America’s Mobile Education Exhibit will visit Wheeling Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, for a very special public opportunity to honor America’s veterans.
The George Washington chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, which for the last five years has consistently ranked as one of the top groups for wreath sponsorships for the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies (PANCAB), will be hosting the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit. The exhibit will be located at Wheeling Park, 1801 National Road in Wheeling.
These visits offer a chance for people to come by and get a free exhibit tour. Local dignitaries, veterans and other interested groups are urged to come join in this unique opportunity to learn more about Wreaths Across America and the work being done to honor veterans. Visitors get a first-hand account of what it is like to deliver 2.5 million wreaths on Dec. 19 of this year and learn how it impacts families all across America. The goal of the Wreaths Across America Education Exhibit is to bring local communities and our military together with education, stories and interactive connections.
Wreaths Across America organizers take great pride in the group’s mission to remember, honor and teach. The mobile education unit will help to teach all community members and visitors about the services and sacrifices of our nation’s military.
All veterans, active-duty military members, their families and the local community are invited and encouraged to speak with Wreaths Across America volunteers to learn more about the organization’s mission.
“The goal of The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit is to build community awareness and understanding of the organization’s year-long mission to Remember, Honor, Teach,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “However, in light of the current health crisis, we feel this exhibit has taken on even more meaning by providing the opportunity for people to safely participate in something with safety measures in place that is both educational and fun, while supporting and giving back to the community during this uncertain time.”
Amber Caron, a Wreaths Across America spokesperson, said, “I’m proud to have the opportunity to mimic the courage and valor of our country’s veterans by forging ahead with this event and offering folks the hope we can still be united for a great cause. I’m also hopeful that families use this as an opportunity to teach community spirit, as well as having significant meaning for so many.”
This event is open to the public with social distancing, sanitation and COVID-19 safety procedures in place to protect the health of all visitors in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation for large gatherings stemming from concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992.
The organization’s mission is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.
For more information or to sponsor a wreath, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.