Wreaths Across America Dedicates Park to Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

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A historic day of honor and tribute.


On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Wreaths Across America hosted a public event and ceremony unveiling the newly designated “Medal of Honor Remembrance Park.” The 8-acre park is located on the tip land where balsam is harvested to create the veterans' wreaths that are placed at Arlington National Cemetery and across the country each December as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.

There, tree branches will forever carry replica dog tags with the 3,517 names of those service members who have received the Medal of Honor. Every three years the trees will be “tipped” or pruned to gather balsam brush to make veterans remembrance wreaths that are placed on military headstones.

Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Roger Donlon and his wife Norma, were in attendance and spoke to the audience of nearly 100 attendees. 

Also in attendance, were family members of two Maine Medal of Honor Recipients Sp4 Thomas J. McMahon, Army, Vietnam and Sgt. Donald Sidney Skidgel, Army, Vietnam. There representing Medal of Honor recipient Sp5 James McCloughan, Army, Vietnam and Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, Army, Vietnam, was Karen Straffon and her husband Nicholas of Michigan. 

It is FREE to participate in the Wreaths Across America Remembrance Tree Program. This program is open to all families who have had a loved one in the military.

For more information, please call 877-385-9504 or email dogtags@wreathsacrossamerica.org.