A visible sign of patriotism headed for Champoeg
The Champoeg and Yamhill chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit in August.
It is the first time the exhibit has been on display in Oregon and will not return for three years, DAR officials said.
Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization that places wreaths on veteran's headstones in national cemeteries across the nation at Christmas time. In the Portland area, volunteer's typically gather on the weekend before Christmas at Willamette National Cemetery to perform the task.
In 2021, the organization placed more the 2.4 million sponsored veteran's wreaths at more then 3,100 participating locations nationwide.
DAR officials said the mission of the mobile exhibit is to bring the 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 as well as to serve as an official "welcome home" station for Vietnam veterans.
All veterans, active-duty military, their families, and the local community members are invited to take the tour and speak with Wreaths Across America representatives and volunteers.
The event is slated for at Newell Pioneer Village adjacent to the Champoeg State Heritage Area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 15.
Members of the public can sponsor a veteran's wreath for $15 year-round. The live balsam wreaths will be delivered Dec. 17 to Willamette National Cemetery and placed on headstones by volunteers. By purchasing through the DAR web address, Wreaths Across America will donate $5 for each wreath sold to support the DAR museum at Newell Pioneer Village.
To sponsor a wreath and help support the local Newell Museum, visit shorturl.at/copy3 or watch a YouTube clip at shorturl.at/sVX36.
Editor's note: This online story updates the correct date of the event. Do to an editing error, a column in the August Sherwood Gazette incorrectly stated the date as being Aug. 1. It is Aug. 15. The Gazette regrets the error.
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