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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Linda, Donna Wright, Nancy Molter at Fort Sam

Wreaths Across America

2018

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 Women's Memorial
Vietnam Era Nurses Honored
Former Def Sec, Chuck Hagel with Vietnam era Nurses at dinner
Veteran's Day Dinner
COL(R) Lennie Enzel and Maya Lin
COL (R) Lennie Enzel with Maya Lin who is the designer of the Vietnam Memorial Wall
COL(R) Enzel and Ann Margaret
COL(R) Lennie Enzel with actress Ann Margaret and LTC Sam Alden
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
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) Jeri Graham, MUSNAVC President, and her husband COL(R) Ed Baisden pose before the Searstone Honor Wall
COL (R) Jeri Graham
Jeri's photo on the Searstone Honor Wall
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
COL (R) Jeri Graham, MUSNAVC President, & COL (R) Ed Baisden lay a wreath.
Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery
COL (R) Diane Scherr, MUSNAVC member, lays a wreath.
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
COL (R) Diana Stepanik, MUSNAVC member and COL (R) Jerry Stepanik, MOAA member, lay a wreath
Arlington National Cemetery
COL (R) Carol Jones represented MUSNAVC at Arlington National Cemetery and provided these pictures.
SAFN at Arlington National Cemetery
Society of Air Force Nurses at Nurses Section during wreath laying
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery
Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery
COL Nancy Molter represented MUSNAVC at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery
Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery
COL (R) Donna Wright lays a wreath
Wilmington National Cemetery
LTC (R) JoAnn Doleman represented MUSNAVC at Wilmington, NC, National Cemetery and provided these pictures
Wilmington National Cemetery
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