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Wreaths Across America

September 26, 2011 12:55 ET

Wreaths Across America Opens Museum Dedicated to the Memory and Sacrifices of the Nation's Military

Museum Features Hundreds of Photos, Donated Military Memorabilia and Awards, Strengthens Organization's Mission to Remember, Honor, Teach

COLUMBIA FALLS, ME--(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2011) - Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, held the grand opening of the Wreaths Across America Museum on Friday, Sept 23. Maine Gov. Paul LePage was on hand to officially open the Museum, take a tour of the new facility and add the first signature to the Museum's guest book. Free to the public, the Wreaths Across America Museum is located at the former Columbia Falls Elementary School at 4 Point Street.

The 1,800-square-foot facility showcases hundreds of items that have been donated to Wreaths Across America over the past 19 years. These include personal photos, awards, uniforms, helmets and other military memorabilia. All donations help to provide insight and tell the greater story of the experiences of U.S. military personnel. Overall, the Museum serves to document Wreaths Across America's history and dedication to remembering those who gave their lives while serving their country, honoring those who serve and teaching the value of freedom to the next generation.

"Over the years, hundreds of people have shared precious memories and donated their personal belongings to us to ensure that the legacy and sacrifices of their loved ones survives," said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. "This Museum is the perfect forum for us to share their stories and the valuable items that we've been so honored to receive, while at the same time offering the public a place of comfort and healing."

Wreaths Across America initiated plans to build the museum in mid-2010 and was able to speed construction due to donations from hundreds of the organization's supporters and Maine-based companies County Concrete, Marden's, Poirier Construction, Cloud 9 Electric and Ellsworth Building Supply. The Wreaths Across America Museum is open to the public seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"This new Museum provides us all with a special, dedicated space to remember everyone whose lives were lost protecting the freedoms we all enjoy," said Gov. LePage. "It was an honor to join Wreaths Across America to celebrate the grand opening of the Museum. I applaud the organization for archiving and protecting these historic treasures and for continuing to move forward with this important work."

About 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 on the second Saturday of December at Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

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