Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit makes stop in Jackson


JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - A mobile exhibit arrived in the hub city today to honor servicemen and women, who have fought for our country’s freedom.


The Wreaths Across America Mobile Unit arrived in Jackson this morning to honor veterans who have served our country.

“The mobile unit is an 18-wheeler pulled by a truck. It is 60 feet long and 24 feet wide. It has space inside for a theatre that will seat 20 so they can show videos, slideshows, and visual presentations. There are interactive computers,” said Jackie Utley, an Honorary Regent with the Jackson-Madison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


The exhibit represents the teach pilar of the Wreaths Across America mission, which is sharing information about veterans and how everyone can play a part in honoring them.


Jackson-Madison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a sponsor of the Wreaths Across America Mobile Exhibit and the chapter regent explains why the exhibit is so important to showcase.


“Focus areas for DAR are education, patriotism, historic preservation and this fits particularly well with education and patriotism,” said Beth Bates, the Chapter Regent with Jackson-Madison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


While the mobile unit was in town, the guides gave special recognition to some Vietnam War veterans.


“What he said, I don’t remember his name, but it just hit home about how we were treated when we came back and how it took so long to receive recognition. And, to receive that today and this certificate. It just feels terrific, really great,” said Arthur Hemby, an Honor Guard member, and a veteran.

Another veteran from Vietnam War brought his granddaughters to the mobile unit and expresses the significance of teaching the youth about our history.


“I just keep trying to remind them of the service that so many veterans gave their lives for the freedom in America. So, many things that we didn’t have coming up, we now have because of veterans. So, I keep reminding them of the sacrifice they made and to always keep veterans in their mind and honor them,” said Eddie Wilson, an army veteran.


The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit was on display until 5 p.m. this afternoon in Jackson.


The mobile unit will be making its next stop in Collierville, Tennessee.


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