As part of its national tour, the Wreaths Across America (WAA) Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE), a large 18-wheel mobile museum, will set up in the Palladio Shopping Center on E. Bidwell St. in Folsom.  The mobile museum will be set up in the parking lot next to Nordstrom Rack on Thursday, February 9, from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. 

Folsom’s Charlotte Parkhurst Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will be sponsoring this event which is both free and open to the public.  Members of Folsom’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6604 will also assist. In addition to serving as an exhibit to educate visitors about the service and sacrifice of all our nation’s veterans, the mobile museum is also an official ‘welcome home’ station for Vietnam Veterans.  

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All veterans, active-duty military, their families, and local community members are invited and encouraged to visit, take a tour and speak with WAA representatives and volunteers. Visitors can also learn more about this national nonprofit and the work its volunteers do to support our veterans and their communities year-round.  

Features of the 24’ x 60’ MEE include: a 20 seat theater where they show an eight minute video; storyboards and visuals highlighting listen, growth and programs that have grown due to the wreath laying events; two exterior televisions to accommodate larger additional displays, and much more.

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The goal of the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit is to bring community together and teach patriotism while remembering the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America.  

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.  This past December, Folsom’s Charlotte Parkhurst Chapter and the Folsom VFW Post 6604 participated locally at ceremonies honoring 647 veterans buried at Lakeside Memorial Lawn Cemetery and 16 veterans buried at the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery.

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If you would like to learn more about the Charlotte Parkhurst Chapter of DAR and honoring and preserving the legacy of potential revolutionary ancestors in your family, promoting historic preservation, education and patriotic endeavors, email: charlotteparkhurstdar@gmail.com or visit the Charlotte Parkhurst Chapter website at: folsom.californiadar.org.

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Adam Frick
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