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Wreaths Across America

2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions greatly impacted the number and extent of MUSNAVC members participation in Wreaths Across America programs.  Several members were able to participate at various sites and and programs to continue to Remember and Honor Our Veterans.

COL(R) Karen Gausman

Karen Gausman Laying wreath at Valley Forge, PA National Cemetery

COL(R) Lennie Enzel

Lennie Enzel at FT. Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, TX

LTC(R) Kathleen Burgess

Kathleen Burgess Laying wreaths at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX

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Gloria Pena at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX

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Debbie Betts laying wreath at Ft Bragg, NC National Cemetery

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Jeannie Hoffman at Sante Fe, NM National Cemetery

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Jeanie Hoffman honors her dad in Sante Fe

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Jeannie Hoffman and friends gather to lay wreaths

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Sara and David Sproat at Sante Fe, NM National Cemetery

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Wreaths Across America

2019

MOAA Uniformed Services Nurse Advocates Virtual Chapter (MUSNAVC) participated in the Wreaths Across America’s nation-wide program to place wreaths at the graves of veterans.  Individual Chapter members’ donations augmented a generous grant from USAA, allowing us to purchase wreaths to lay at several locations across the country: MUSNAVC participated with the Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA), the Society of Air Force Nurses (SAFN) and the US Air Force Academy, along with family and friends to remember, honor and teach. 

 

Below are photo's from Pike's Peak National Cemetery (Colorado Springs, CO), the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery (Alexandia, VA), the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery (Ft. Bragg,NC), the Cedar Grove Cemetery (New Bern, NC) and the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery (San Antonio, TX).

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Colorado Springs, CO

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Opening ceremony at Pikes Peak

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Service representatives at opening ceremony

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Pat Chappell

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A family experience at Pikes Peak

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Service wreaths

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Little one learning to remember and honor

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MUSNAVC, SAFN and USAFA members

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Alexandria, VA

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Ceremony at Soldiers' and Airmen Cemetery

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Michelle Binder

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One of the older plots

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Michelle Binder and Angela Phillips at Soldiers' and Airmen's Home Cemetery

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Fort Bragg, NC

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Opening ceremony at Sandhills

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Missing Man table at Sandhills Cemetery

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Diane Scherr, Chris and Michelle Stucky, Debbie Betts, Ed Baisden, Jody Campbell and Jeri Graham

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Debbie Betts, Jeri Graham and Diane Scherr

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San Antonio, TX

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MUSNAVC and ANCA at Fort Sam

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New Bern, NC

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Opening ceremony at FSH,TX

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Teri Reid at New Bern

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MG Holcomb (2nd from left) and BAMC nurses

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Ann Richardson

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Linda, Donna Wright, Nancy Molter at Fort Sam

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Wreaths Across America

2018

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MOAA’s first virtual chapter, MOAA Uniformed Services Nurse Advocates Virtual Chapter, or MUSNAVC, once again participated in the Wreaths Across America’s nation-wide program to place wreaths at the graves of veterans.  Individual Chapter members’ donations augmented a generous grant from USAA, allowing us to purchase wreaths to lay at four locations across the country: National Cemeteries in Arlington, VA; Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio, TX); Tahoma (Kent, WA); and the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery (Spring Lake, NC, outside Ft. Bragg).   Individual members in other locations also participated in ceremonies in Wilmington, NC and Fort Polk, LA.

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Peggy Jane Newman Nurses Section, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

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Peggy Jane and George Newman, Arlington, VA

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Peggy Newman, Arlington, VA

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Program at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery Spring Lake, NC

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Gathering at Sandhills Cemetery, NC

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Jeri Graham at Sandhills Cemetery, NC

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Jeri Graham, Ok Sun Hodges, Ed Baisden and Diane DiStefano

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Debbie Betts, Ok Sun Hodges, Jeri Graham, Diane Scherr and Diane DiStefano

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Diane Scherr, Jeri Graham, and Diane DiStefano

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Missing Man Table at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, NC

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Opening ceremony at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, NC

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Diane Scherr placing a wreath at Sandhills, NC

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Bev Cornett at Tahoma National Veterans Cemetery, Kent, WA

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Lessie Griffith at Ft Polk, Central LA Veterans Cemetery

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Soldiers help prepare wreaths at Wilmington National Veterans Cemetery, NC

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Gathering following wreath laying Wilmington, NC

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Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX

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Donna Wright at FSH, TX

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Team at FSH, San Antonio, TX cemetery

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Wreath laying at FSH, TX

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Veteran's Day 2017

Vietnam Memorial
Vietnam Memorial
Vietnam Women's Memorial
Vietnam Women's Memorial
Vietnam Era Nurses Honored
Vietnam Era Nurses Honored

Former Def Sec, Chuck Hagel with Vietnam era Nurses at dinner

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Veteran's Day Dinner
COL(R) Lennie Enzel and Maya Lin
COL(R) Lennie Enzel and Maya Lin

COL (R) Lennie Enzel with Maya Lin who is the designer of the Vietnam Memorial Wall

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COL(R) Enzel and Ann Margaret

COL(R) Lennie Enzel with actress Ann Margaret and LTC Sam Alden

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Searstone Community, NC

Jeri Graham & Ed Baisden moved to "the home", as they call it, in mid-August. They are very happy in their new retirement community and were honored in the annual community observance of Veterans Day.

Searstone Honor Wall
Searstone Honor Wall

The Searstone Honor Wall was created this year to recognize and honor all residents who are Veterans.

COL (R) Graham and COL (R) Baisden
COL (R) Graham and COL (R) Baisden

COL(R) Jeri Graham, MUSNAVC President, and her husband COL(R) Ed Baisden pose before the Searstone Honor Wall

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COL (R) Jeri Graham

Jeri's photo on the Searstone Honor Wall

COL(R) Ed Baisden
COL(R) Ed Baisden

Ed served in the US Embassy in Moscow as Assistant Army Attache from 1078-1980. This vehicle, license # D-04-007, was assigned to him for personal and business use. Somebody in either the Embassy or the KGB had a sly sense of humor.

Wreaths Across America 2017

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA – 2017

MOAA’s first virtual chapter, MOAA Uniformed Services Nurse Advocates Virtual Chapter, or MUSNAVC, participated in the Wreaths Across America nation-wide program to place wreaths at the graves of veterans.  With a generous grant from USAA, Virtual Chapter members laid wreaths in the National Cemeteries at Arlington,(VA)  Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio, TX) , Tahoma (Kent, WA), Wilmington (NC) and the Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery ( Spring Lake, NC,  outside Ft. Bragg).   

Tahoma National Cemetery
Tahoma National Cemetery

COL (R) Bev Cornett and MAJ Doug Taylor, both MUSNAVC members, with MAJ Taylor's family represented MUSNAVC at Tahoma National Cemetery

Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery
Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery

The crowd at this observance was the largest so far, some 600-700 in attendance. It was a wonderful ceremony from start to finish. Kudos to the NC01 Chapter of Rolling Thunder who made it all happen.

Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery
Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery

The "Missing Man" ceremony was an integral part of the day's program. If you've not seen one, you should. VERY moving!

Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery
Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery

The MUSNAVC "team" prepared to lay wreaths. Many thanks to USAA for their generous grant to support this nation-wide effort by MUSNAVC. From L-R, Debbie Betts (M), Diane Scherr (M), Jeri Graham (M), Ed Baisden (S), Diana Stepanik (M), Jerry Stepanik (S) "M" = Member, "S" = Spouse

Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery
Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery

COL (R) Jeri Graham, MUSNAVC President, & COL (R) Ed Baisden lay a wreath.

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Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery

COL (R) Diane Scherr, MUSNAVC member, lays a wreath.

Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery
Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery

COL (R) Debbie Betts, MUSNAVC member, and Carolyn (Jody) Campbell, MOAA Surviving Spouse, lay a wreath at the grave of Debbie's father, MAJ (R) Walter J. Campbell, USA

Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery
Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery

COL (R) Diana Stepanik, MUSNAVC member and COL (R) Jerry Stepanik, MOAA member, lay a wreath

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery

COL (R) Carol Jones represented MUSNAVC at Arlington National Cemetery and provided these pictures.

SAFN at Arlington National Cemetery
SAFN at Arlington National Cemetery

Society of Air Force Nurses at Nurses Section during wreath laying

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery
Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery
Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery

COL Nancy Molter represented MUSNAVC at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery

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Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery

COL (R) Donna Wright lays a wreath

Wilmington National Cemetery
Wilmington National Cemetery

LTC (R) JoAnn Doleman represented MUSNAVC at Wilmington, NC, National Cemetery and provided these pictures

Wilmington National Cemetery
Wilmington National Cemetery