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Wreaths Across America event planned for PSU Veterans Memorial 

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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Local Wreaths Across America (WAA) volunteers are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest Fort Scott National Cemetery are honored this December as part of National Wreaths Across America Day – Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.  

In preparation for this annual event, the Oceanus Hopkins Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Fort Scott Sons of the American Revolution are holding a Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit at Pittsburg State University Veterans Memorial on Friday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to raise awareness and wreath sponsorships to honor every veteran at Fort Scott National Cemetery.  

“Every $15 wreath sponsorship made is a meaningful gift from a grateful American who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “We are so grateful to the good people of this wonderful community for participating in our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.”  

Last year, ceremonies were held across the country at more than 3,100 participating locations, placing 2.4 million wreaths for interred veterans. This year Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Dec. 17.   

The goal, according to WAA, is to place a live, balsam fir veteran’s wreath at the headstone of every American veteran to “remember their sacrifice, honor their service, and teach the next generation about the value of freedom.” 

The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit will be passing through Girard on Oct. 28, at approximately 8 a.m. along Highway K-47. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and American Legion Riders will escort the exhibit through Girard and into Pittsburg State University. There will be a drone taking pictures of its passage through Girard and to Pittsburg State University.    

According to Mary Gilpin, a member of the Oceanus Hopkins Chapter of the DAR, the main objective is to have as many Vietnam Veterans as possible come to the Exhibit at 10 a.m. The Mobile Education Exhibit will hold a “Welcome Home Ceremony” and present them with a 50th anniversary lapel pin, a challenge coin, and a hat. Veterans who cannot or do not wish to attend the ceremony can receive their pin, coin, and hat by coming to the exhibit anytime during its stay. 

For more information, contact Mary and John Gilpin at jgilpin@ckt.net, or Martin and Donita Dupslaff at donitad@iceskate.net. To donate or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/KS1029P. 

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