November 28, 2022

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LEARN MORE ABOUT WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA – Volunteers Fred Thompson, pictured left, and his wife, Diane, pictured right, traveled with the Wreaths Across America Education Mobile Exhibit which was on display for several hours in Steubenville during a stop at the Fort Steuben Mall, hosted by local WAA coordinator Le’Ann Gibbons, secretary of Unionport Chapter No. 360, Order of the Eastern Star. It was an opportunity for area residents to tour the interior where there were exhibits, literature, and a brief film about its history and purpose to “Remember, Honor, and Teach.”

STEUBENVILLE – On this Memorial Day 2022, here are photos taken when the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education exhibit stopped in Steubenville earlier this month at the Fort Steuben Mall.

Behind the effort to have him come to town on May 16 during one of his stops in Ohio in May was the initiative of local WAA coordinator Le’Ann Gibbons, secretary of the Unionport Chapter No. 360, Order of the Eastern Star.

The exhibit, run by volunteers Fred Thompson and his wife, Diane, was on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, giving area residents the opportunity to tour the interior and learn about WAA at through exhibitions, literature and a film.

A program towards the end of the day featured guest speakers and the presentation of special pins to Vietnam veterans in attendance. The story of the visit appeared in the Herald-Star on May 17.

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery started by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is accomplished in part each year by coordinating December wreath-laying ceremonies in Arlington, as well as thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in the 50 states and beyond.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA – Volunteers Fred Thompson, pictured left, and his wife, Diane, pictured right, traveled with the Wreaths Across America Education Mobile Exhibit which was on display for several hours in Steubenville during a stop at the Fort Steuben Mall, hosted by local WAA coordinator Le’Ann Gibbons, secretary of Unionport Chapter No. 360, Order of the Eastern Star. It was an opportunity for area residents to tour the interior where there were exhibits, literature, and a brief film about its history and purpose to “Remember, Honor, and Teach.”

Locally, this attendance continues to grow at cemeteries in the Jefferson County area and beyond.

This year’s date is December 17. Anyone can sponsor a Veteran’s Wreath for $15 at www.wreathacrossamerica.org. Each sponsorship goes towards a living balsam wreath to be placed on a veteran’s grave.

Janet Petrella, left, and Stephanie Rouse of the Woman’s Club of Mingo Junction were interested in visiting the Wreaths Across America exhibit as the club will work to generate wreath sponsorships for veterans’ graves at Mingo Cemetery in as part of a club project.

Visiting the exhibits were, from left, local Vietnam veterans Martin Dalton, Ron Boggess and Ralph Hilderbrand.

John Pappas of Richmond was among the Vietnam veterans who received special pins. He is accompanied by Le’Ann Gibbons of Unionport Chapter #360, Order of the Eastern Star.

With Le’Ann Gibbons, center, of Unionport Chapter No. 360, Order of the Eastern Star, are program speakers Amber Kohler, U.S. Representative Bill Johnson’s Field Representative R-Marietta, and Senator D State Frank Hoagland, R- Mingo Junction.

Adena’s Donna and Roger Sliva had an information booth to raise awareness of Wreaths Across America ceremonies being held in their community.

OES Chapter members held a bake sale with proceeds going to Wreath Sponsorships.





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