Wreaths Across America
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.
Wreaths Across America
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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Wreaths Across America
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.
Peggy Jane Newman Nurses Section, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Peggy Jane and George Newman, Arlington, VA
Peggy Newman, Arlington, VA
Program at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery Spring Lake, NC
Gathering at Sandhills Cemetery, NC
Jeri Graham at Sandhills Cemetery, NC
Jeri Graham, Ok Sun Hodges, Ed Baisden and Diane DiStefano
Debbie Betts, Ok Sun Hodges, Jeri Graham, Diane Scherr and Diane DiStefano
Diane Scherr, Jeri Graham, and Diane DiStefano
Missing Man Table at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, NC
Opening ceremony at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, NC
Diane Scherr placing a wreath at Sandhills, NC
Bev Cornett at Tahoma National Veterans Cemetery, Kent, WA
Lessie Griffith at Ft Polk, Central LA Veterans Cemetery
Soldiers help prepare wreaths at Wilmington National Veterans Cemetery, NC
Gathering following wreath laying Wilmington, NC
Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX
Donna Wright at FSH, TX
Team at FSH, San Antonio, TX cemetery
Wreath laying at FSH, TX
Veteran's Day 2017
COL(R) Lennie Enzel and Maya LinCOL (R) Lennie Enzel with Maya Lin who is the designer of the Vietnam Memorial Wall
Searstone Community, NCJeri 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 WallThe Searstone Honor Wall was created this year to recognize and honor all residents who are Veterans.
COL (R) Graham and COL (R) BaisdenCOL(R) Jeri Graham, MUSNAVC President, and her husband COL(R) Ed Baisden pose before the Searstone Honor Wall
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 CemeteryCOL (R) Bev Cornett and MAJ Doug Taylor, both MUSNAVC members, with MAJ Taylor's family represented MUSNAVC at Tahoma National Cemetery
Sandhills State Veterans CemeteryThe 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 CemeteryThe "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 CemeteryThe 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