August 2022

Page A13 August 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A Contact your local sales rep or call Messenger at 800.827.5151 to learn more and receive 50% off your first Signature Service order. Promo Code: 9230 LETUSDESIGN, PRINT&SHIP Offer more value to your families with personalized keepsakes available exclusively through Messenger’s exclusive Signature Service. These items are designed and printed on-demand by skilled designers and ship the same day if the proof is approved by 2:00 p.m. EST. Every Service P E R S O N A L I Z E D K E E P S A K E S F O R WRAPPED CANVAS visit | ORNAMENTS PRAYER CARDS WOOD PHOTO PLAQUES Wreaths Across America Announces Grand Opening of its Gold Star Family History & Hospitality House in Maine Col. Roger Donlon Vietnam Room COLUMBIA FALLS,ME— National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) has announced the completion and grand opening of its latest education project, the Gold Star Family History & Hospitality House. The historic home, which has been under renovations over the last five years, is located next door to the nonprofit’s national headquarters and museum in Columbia Falls, ME. The house has five bedrooms, a parlor, dining room, large living room, eatin kitchen, sunroom, 2.5 bathrooms, and features a handicap-accessible bedroom with a full bath. In keeping with the WAA mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach, each room has been decorated to represent a period in United States history associated with a military conflict. Stepping back in time in this beautiful home, while experiencing the lifestyle of the era and further learning the personal stories of those who served in that time will be a history lesson to remember. A focal point is the 5ft diameter-stained glass window designed and crafted by Tennessee couple Ralph and Cheryl Campbell. The piece features a wreath encircling an eagle flying over balsam trees. “Several years ago, a land purchase was made to secure a right-of-way and access to the Wreaths Across America headquarters – a building was donated to the organization by the community. This historic home built in 1820 was part of that purchase,” said Karen Worcester, executive director WAA. “We decided that it would make a great house for the many Gold Star families that visit throughout the year.” The WAA History & Hospitality House renovation effort is an endeavor that began nearly five years ago, as a place where Gold Star Families can gather and share stories with each other and the community. As part of the renovation effort, WAA is dedicating several rooms in honor of the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes. The house is open for Gold Star Families to stay. Reservations can be made by calling WAA Headquarters at 207-618-5320. The grand opening event and a short tour were live-streamed on the organization’s official Facebook page WAAHQ/videos/331951845712000. Gold Star Family History and Hospitality House visit or call 1-800-321-7479 “I Love My Funeral Director” “I Love My Cemeterian” Perfect Gift for Any Occasion! Order Your Favori te Animal Today!