BREVARD COUNTY — Wreaths Across America (WAA) is proud to announce that its Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE), will be makings stops in Florida to honor and welcome home our nations veterans. These stops will be the first on the MEE’s 2022 tour before continuing to South Carolina and Georgia.
“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. “However, over the last year, in light of the current health crisis, we feel this exhibit has taken on even more meaning by providing the opportunity for people to safely participate in something that is both educational and inspiring, while supporting and giving back to the communities it visits.”
The MEE achieves this goal by bringing the local community, veterans, active-duty military and their families together through interactive exhibits, short films, and shared stories. 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.
The stops in Florida will include:
MELBOURNE – Saturday, Feb. 5, – Former San Diego Chargers fullback, Bruce Rothschild, his business Backyard Superstore, Inc. and Veterans cemetery restoration welcome the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit national tour. The WAA MEE is free and open to the public and will take place at Melbourne Square Mall parking lot, 1700 W New Haven Ave. The event is open to the general public from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
MERRITT ISLAND – Sunday, Feb. 6, – The Brevard Veteran Memorial Center host the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit national tour at the Immortal Four Chaplain and Welcome Home Veterans Ceremony. The WAA MEE is free and open to the public and will take place at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, 400 South Sykes Creek Pkwy. The event is open to the general public from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
When the MEE pulls into your 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 representatives and volunteers. They can also share more about the national nonprofit, and the work its volunteers do to support our heroes and their communities year-round.
The public tours for the MEE are free and open to the public with social distancing, sanitation and COVID-19 safety procedures in place to protect the health of all visitors in accordance with the CDCs recommendation for large gatherings stemming from concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the media, dignitaries, veterans and other interested groups are urged to come, ask questions, share stories and experience this one-of-a-kind exhibit.
To host the MEE in your community, whether it be for a parade, a school-related or veterans’ organization, or a public or private event, visit https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/mee to make a request.
Wreaths Across America is the non-profit organization best known for placing wreaths on veteran’s headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. However, in 2020, the organization placed more than 1.7 million sponsored veterans’ wreaths at 2,557 participating locations nationwide. Throughout the calendar year you can tune in to Wreaths Across America Internet Radio, 24/7, to learn more about the mission and those who support it across the country, as well as the hundreds of local charitable efforts nationwide that are funded through wreath sponsorships.
You can sponsor a veteran’s wreath anytime for $15 at www.wreathacrossamerica.org. Each sponsorship goes toward a live, balsam wreath that will be placed on the headstone of an American hero as we endeavor to honor all veterans laid to rest at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, as part of National Wreaths across America Day.