A new addition to the Wreaths Across America Museum honors the valor and sacrifice of military veterans from the Vietnam War era.

Special guests like Helen Johnson Richards and her daughter Elaine Jones joined Wreaths Across America for the opening of the 'Welcome Home' exhibit at the museum and the dedication of the Medal of Honor Remembrance Park on the tip land as part of the Stem to Stone tree-tagging program.

Helen told us about her brother, Ralph H. Johnson, who received the Medal of Honor posthumously following his heroic actions in Vietnam in 1968.

"My soldier was my hero," Helen reminisced. "He was always willing to give, but he didn't give you fifty percent or sixty percent he was going to give you one hundred percent."

Indeed, PFC Johnson gave one hundred percent of himself to save others when he hurled himself onto a hand grenade protecting another Marine from the blast and blocking the enemy advance.

In this video, you can hear more about PFC Johnson's heroic actions and get a glimpse of the newly dedicated Medal of Honor Remembrance Park where his replica dog tag now hangs.

Ralph H. Johnson also received the Purple Heart and is at rest at the Beaufort National Cemetery. Helen supports veterans by volunteering at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina which was renamed in Ralph's honor.

The Wreaths Across America Museum is located at WAA headquarters in Columbia Falls, Maine and is dedicated to the memory and sacrifices of the nation’s military. It holds hundreds of items that have been gifted to the organization over more than two decades. Admittance to the museum is always free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.

The new Vietnam Veterans ‘Welcome Home’ exhibit includes a prisoner of war uniform, a memorial wall, and Vietnam-era Jeep.

WAA first opened the then 1,800 square foot museum facility in 2011. The museum space has since been expanded to add the Vietnam War exhibit and a children’s Learning Center, a life-sized wall dedicated to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) which has been signed by 40 members of the current regiment.

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