Wreaths Across America (WAA) in Hood River will host a local stop for the WAA Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE) national tour.
MEE began their tour at WAA headquarters in Maine and will be in the area Aug. 9 for a scheduled event that is both free and open to the public. Civil Air Patrol’s Gorge Composite Squadron is coordinating the event, which will take place at Ken Jernstedt Airport located at 3608 Airport Drive, Hood River, between 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
The exhibit serves as a mobile museum, educating visitors about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes as well as serving as an official “welcome home” station for our nation’s Vietnam veterans, a statement from hurry.
All veterans, active duty military, their families, and members of the local community are welcome and encouraged to visit, tour, and speak with WAA representatives and volunteers. They can also tell more about the national nonprofit organization and the work its volunteers do to support our heroes and their communities throughout the year, a press release said.
Civil Air Patrol’s Gorge Composite Squadron has supported Wreaths Across America for the past four years by promoting wreath sponsorships. Cadets from the squadron also participated in the wreath laying ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery in December.
MOEE public tours are free and open to the public with social distancing, sanitation and safety procedures in place to protect the health of all visitors in line with the CDC’s recommendation for large gatherings arising from concerns surrounding the pandemic .
Wreaths Across America is the nonprofit best known for placing wreaths on veterans’ headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. However, in 2021, the organization has placed more than 2.4 million sponsored veterans’ wreaths at more than 3,100 participating locations nationwide.
You can sponsor a Veteran’s Wreath anytime for $15 at the Wreaths Across America Gorge Composite Squadron site, www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/162905/Overview/?relatedId=14929. Each sponsorship goes towards a living balm wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero as we strive to honor all veterans laid to rest at noon Saturday, December 17 as part of National Wreaths across America Day.
To find a local participating cemetery near you, go to and type your city and/or state at wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/search?searchType=location.