Wreaths Across America tour to stop in Wooster

Wreaths Across America tour to stop in Wooster

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Wreaths Across America in Wayne County announced a local stop for the WAA Mobile Education Exhibit national tour. The MEE will be in the area on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a scheduled event that is both free and open to the public. The event will take place at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster.

“The goal of the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit is to bring community together and teach patriotism while remembering the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “Over the last two years, we feel this exhibit has taken on even more meaning by providing the opportunity for people to safely participate in something that is both educational and inspiring while supporting and giving back to the communities it visits.”

The MEE achieves this goal by bringing the local community, veterans, active-duty military and their families together through interactive exhibits, short films and shared stories. The exhibit serves as a mobile museum, educating visitors about the service and sacrifice of the nation’s heroes and serving as an official welcome home station for Vietnam veterans.

All veterans, active-duty military, their families and the local community members are invited and encouraged to visit, take a tour and speak with WAA representatives and volunteers. They also can share more about the national nonprofit and the work its volunteers do to support the nation’s heroes and their communities year round.

The public tours for the MEE are free and open to the public with social distancing, sanitation and safety procedures in place to protect the health of all visitors in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation for large gatherings. Members of the media, dignitaries, veterans and other interested groups are urged to come, ask questions, share stories and experience the exhibit.

Wreaths Across America is the nonprofit organization best known for placing wreaths on veterans’ headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. However, in 2021 the organization placed more than 2.4 million sponsored veterans wreaths at more than 3,100 participating locations nationwide. Throughout the calendar year, you can tune in to Wreaths Across America Radio, 24/7, to learn more about the mission and those who support it across the country, as well as the hundreds of local charitable efforts nationwide that are funded through the Group Sponsorship Program.

You can sponsor a veterans wreath anytime for $15 at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Each sponsorship goes toward a live balsam wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero. The placement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 at noon as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.

Wayne County Area Cemeteries is a Wreaths Across America location, and individuals may sponsor wreaths to be personally picked up and placed on the graves of veterans at area cemeteries which are not participating cemeteries. Wreaths may be ordered through the Wooster-Wayne Chapter DAR sponsorship page at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/OH0123P and choose Wayne County Area Cemeteries as the location option.

For more information about the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit, email Robbin Christman at woowaydar@gmail.com.

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