Sunday Event to Honor Veterans

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio- There’s an opportunity this weekend for you to take part in an event that will honor local veterans.

Wreaths Across America’s Mobile Education Unit will be in town on Sunday. The organization is a non-profit best known for placing wreaths on veteran’s headstones.

The mobile unit acts as a museum educating visitors about the military with interactive exhibits, short films and shared stories. It’s also an official welcome home site for our nation’s Vietnam Veterans.

“You might be sitting there thinking but I didn’t serve in Vietnam. You’re still going to be recognized because you served during that time whether it was state side or over in Vietnam as well. If you’re husband was someone who has served and maybe has already passed away the government minted a pin for the widows,” said Brad McCune the local organizer of the event.

The welcome home ceremony is open up to any Vietnam veteran in Muskingum and surrounding counties. It will take place at 1pm followed by a ribbon cutting to celebrate the veteran’s banner project, which will display names, pictures and branch of service for 200 veterans on light poles.

“We have so many people in our Muskingum County that have been in the armed services. I mean a lot of veteran’s in our area. I think it’s just another way that we can continue to keep them in the forefront of our minds and our hearts for their sacrifice and to be doing what we’re doing here today to have some freedom to share and to be able to gather, which isn’t true in a lot of places. So we owe a lot to our service men and women,” said Veteran’s Appreciation Council Board Member Becky Joseph.

The mobile unit will be set up at Secrest Auditorium’s parking lot on Sunday starting at 11:30am-3:30pm. This is a free event. If it rains it will be moved inside Secrest. Organizer’s ask you bring your own lawn chair, food trucks will also be available throughout the day.

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