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  • Albacore Park to participate in National Wreaths Across America Day

    PORTSMOUTH  – Albacore Park, 600 Market St., a National Historic Landmark Site and Museum announces their participation in this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day program on Saturday, Dec. 14, at noon. 
     
    Each year, millions of Americans - a third of whom are children - come together to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom. This gathering of individuals and communities takes place in local and national cemeteries as well as memorial gardens in all 50 states as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. Each year, a new theme is chosen to help volunteers and supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities. The theme for 2019 is "Everyone plays a part."
     
    The inspiration for this year's theme was a recommendation made by ten-year-old "Mighty" Miles Worcester, the grandson of the founders of Wreaths Across America. Last May, while in Washington D.C. for an event, Miles saw a U.S. Service member in uniform at the hotel where he was staying. As he always does, Miles walked up to the gentleman, reached out to shake his hand and thanked him for his service. And his response was simple and impactful: "Thank you…everyone plays a part." Miles went directly to his grandmother, WAA Executive Director Karen Worcester, to tell her that he believed this statement would be the perfect theme because, as he said, "those serving in the military are doing their part, but it is our part as Americans to remember and honor them, and that's what Wreaths Across America does."
     
    The millions of volunteers and supporters – from schoolchildren and educators, professional truck drivers, first responders, veterans, Gold Star and Blue Star families, to corporations and other nonprofits – devote so much of themselves to the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, in their own communities. Each of them, playing a part in helping to plan and participate in local events and fundraising activities, sponsor and transport wreaths, and raise awareness.
     
    This year, National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. It is always a free event and open to all people. For information on how to volunteer locally or sponsor a wreath for a hero, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org to support Albacore Park. “Sites such as Albacore Park support the local heroes in our own communities, said Albacore Park Executive Director, Patricia Violette. “Through their efforts, the veterans and veteran families are given the opportunity to tell their personal stories and share details about the character of our military.”
     
    Albacore Park, the formal site for the USS Albacore Submarine and Museum and home of the Portsmouth Submarine Memorial Association, provides a sprawling park and Memorial Garden for everyone’s enjoyment and reflections. Tours of the submarine run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through December.  Albacore Park is one of Portsmouth’s historical gems and all are welcome!  For information, call 436-3680, visit www.ussalbacore.org or visit the Facebook page.