Join Us for the Rally At Balsam Valley Where We'll Remember, Honor, and Teach
We here at Wreaths Across America are just a little biased when it comes to the beauty of the State of Maine. Especially this time of year when the balsam fir trees are a lush green with new growth and berries are turning the barrens blue. When the sun sets the last rays catch the dog tags hung with love and honor in Balsam Valley; they glisten.
On Saturday, July 23rd we invite you to the Rally at Balsam Valley where you can choose your fallen heroes family tree and place a replica dog tag among its rugged branches. Every three years, your family tree will be "tipped" for the collection of the balsam fir bouquets that make up a veterans remembrance wreath.
Gold Star Parents Jim and Dolly Sullivan explain the moment best when it comes to tree-tagging.
"We tagged a tree for our son Christopher (Captain Christopher James Sullivan KIA Iraq, 2005) and I can't tell you what it means to us to know that tips from Christopher's tree are honoring another veteran somewhere in America, or even in Europe where his Grandfather was taken as a prisoner of war during World War II. Just to know that, is to know he's still alive and being remembered."
One of our special guests joining us for this historic event will be Holocaust Survivor Luna Kaufman, who will be placing dog tags on the Liberators Tree in honor of her Father and Sister who she lost in the Nazi concentration camps.
The Rally at Balsam Valley also gives veterans an opportunity to reconnect during tours of the balsam fir tip land which in addition to the magnificent trees, supports several monuments, sculptures and Camp Freedom. Also included as part of the day will be free Wreaths Across America Museum Tours. The WAA Museum houses thousands of artifacts documenting our military history and the Wreaths Across America story.
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 Schedule of Events:
9:00 AM Wreaths Across America Museum Opens for Tours: 4 Point Street, Columbia Falls, Maine.
9:30 AM Tip Land and Veterans Remembrance Tree-Tagging tours begin and will run on the hour. If you have dog tags that you would like to place, please submit the online request form by July 18th for your tags to be completed before your arrival.
If you do not have someone to honor with a dog tag, please join us on a tour as we select trees for those who have requested a tag be placed but cannot make the journey themselves. We will say their names aloud over the tip land to that no one is ever forgotten.
3:30 PM Tours End
4:00 PM Stem to Stone Concert at Balsam Valley Amphitheater. Veterans and Active Duty Personnel have FREE ADMISSION.