The staff was fully engaged in another busy day of helping veterans and keeping the ship sailing. We received a call from a Gold Star Mom that has been running across America to keep the memory of her son alive and to raise awareness of all of our service men and women. She embarked upon her journey in January of 2019 and plans to complete her run in December 2019 at Arlington National Cemetery where she hopes to have raised enough funds to place 7,777 wreaths.
Throughout her journey, she has chosen one organization in each state to present a wreath in honor of that state’s veterans. She chose Veterans’ Outreach for the Ohio presentation.
We scrambled quickly to make it an event worthy of her visit. TV, newspaper, businessmen, local officials, and local veterans came out in support of her visit. All of this was pulled together in just four hours.
She was truly inspirational, and everyone that attended was very moved by her passion and dedication to her son, and to all veterans. She left us at the end of the day, on to her next stop in Michigan, but she took with her our 5′ x 8′ USA flag to use in her future stops. We are so humbled that we had the opportunity to participate in her journey.