National Wreaths Across America Educational Vehicle to Visit Toledo Memorial Park

Daily Dose  |  09/11/2019 10:00 am

On September 18, the national organization Wreaths Across America will bring its educational trailer to Toledo Memorial Park to spend the day welcoming visitors. Founded in 2007, Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization that started with one man’s dedication to honoring the graves of veterans. 

When Morrill Worcester found himself in 1992 with a surplus of holiday wreaths, he likely did not think that his idea to take them all to Arlington National Cemetery would grow into a national movement. But grow it did, and last year Wreaths Across America laid 1,800,000 wreaths in 1,640 locations nationwide, including Sylvania’s own Toledo Memorial Park.

27 years after that first trip to Arlington, WAA does more than just place wreaths; they have expanded their mission to remember and honor the service of veterans and teach children about the values of freedom. One of their latest ventures is an educational trailer designed to raise awareness about their organization and larger mission.  The trailer, donated by Chevrolet, features a mobile museum and mini-theater that holds twenty people and highlights the history of the WAA.  The exhibit also provides information about how the public can get involved with the organization as volunteers or donors.

Toledo Memorial Park is the final resting place for nearly 14,000 veterans which are honored every December with wreaths in partnership with Wreaths Across America. The Park relies on donations to fund this display and is hoping that the visit of the WAA trailer will raise awareness among the local community.  The Wreaths Across America educational trailer will be at the cemetery on Wednesday, September 18, from 10am - 6pm, and is open to the public.