COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — Wreaths Across America (WAA) has announced plans for its 2023 Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE).
Next year’s national tour begins in California in January, then heads to Arizona in March and New Mexico and Southern Colorado in April, according to a news release.
Starting in May, it returns to Texas, then heads to Kentucky and Tennessee in June. It will visit North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia in July.
In August, the MEE will make stops in Maryland, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. In September, it will return to Pennsylvania, New York and Northern New Jersey. From there, the MEE will make its way up through New England for the next two months, visiting all six New England states before heading home to Maine.
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“The goal of the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit is to bring communities together and teach about the organization’s mission,” Trish Gardner, mobile education exhibit manager Wreaths Across America, said. “The exhibit serves as a mobile museum, educating visitors about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes as well as to serve as an official ‘welcome home’ station for our nation’s Vietnam Veterans.”
In January of 2022, the MEE left Maine and began its national tour in Florida and will be finishing this year’s route as a member of the annual “Escort to Arlington.”
The weeklong escort — known to some as the world’s longest veterans’ parade — will make stops at schools and memorials down the East Coast carrying Gold Star and Blue Star Families, veterans and patriots, culminating at Arlington National Cemetery on National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, Dec. 17.
Highlights of the 2022 Mobile Education Exhibit national tour include stops in North Caroling, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Tennessee and its home state of Maine.
The 2022 tour was bolstered by many local volunteers and volunteer groups.
The MEE and WAA Ambassadors transporting the mobile museum and sharing the mission have officially welcomed home more than 3,300 Vietnam Veterans since it first hit the road in 2019 as part of the organization’s partnership with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.
When the MEE pulls into an area, 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 Ambassadors and volunteers.
The public tour stops for the MEE are free and open to all.
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