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  • Albacore Park to participate in (and livestream) National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 19

    This material was not authored by the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth.

    PORTSMOUTH–Albacore Park, 600 Market St., a National Historic Landmark Site and Museum in Portsmouth, announces its participation in this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day program Saturday, Dec. 19 at noon. 

    Each year, millions of Americans come together to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom. Each year, a new theme is chosen to help volunteers and supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities. Today, the organization announces the theme for 2020 is “Be an American Worth Fighting for.” 

    The inspiration for this year’s theme came from a keynote address made by Staff Sgt. Daniel Strong during the 2018 escort to Arlington welcome stop at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Monty Tech) located in Fitchburg, Mass. As an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps, he lost 18 Marines during his service, three were his friends when he was a Lance Corporal, six as their squad leader and the remaining nine as their platoon sergeant. Each impacted SSgt. Strong in a unique way as he witnessed first-hand what true sacrifice was and experienced the ripple effect it has on all involved. His message that December day spoke to the daily importance of the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach, and the emotion is now teacher-engrained in his JROTC students.

    “Be an American worth the sacrifice. In your daily operations, and in how you deal with one another and how you live your lives,” said SSgt. Strong. “Those young men and women who are in Arlington National Cemetery and other cemeteries, they earned the right for you to be an American worth fighting for.” This sentiment speaks volumes as more U.S. military are deploying to serve and fight, if needed, to protect the freedoms we enjoy as American citizens. Each of them, playing their part so that we too can play ours back home by being an active participant in our communities.

    National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, Dec. 19 at noon. This year, considering COVID-19 and social distancing protocols, Albacore Park will host a small non-public ceremony on site at the Park. They will video the ceremony and it will be made available on their website at www.ussalbacore.org. It will also be broadcast live on their Facebook page.

    For information on how 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 should be given the opportunity to tell their personal stories and share details about the character of our military. More than ever before, with 2020 being such a challenging year, please show your support by sponsoring a wreath for the ceremony. It’s so easy to do by visiting the Wreaths Across America website.”

    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. Albacore Park is one of Portsmouth’s historical gems! For information, call (603) 436-3680.