(Dubois, WY) – On Saturday morning, nine volunteers met at the National Museum of Military Vehicles in Dubois to put up Hero Service Crosses. So far, 65 crosses have been sponsored for this first-ever display.
The Dubois Parent Teacher Association (PTA) began this initiative to honor all veterans past and present earlier this year. The crosses will be on display twice a year – seven days before and after both Memorial Day and Veterans Day. This year, the NMMV has agreed to host the displays.
Dubois PTA President Melissa Claar-Reed shared over 25 volunteers of all ages helped with various aspects of the project – ranging from putting the lumber together to securing the flags.
Braving Saturday’s chilly morning were Brian Miller, Antonio, Crystal & Kai Magana, Jessica Kelly, Christopher Reed, Carol Claar, Melissa Claar-Reed and Franklin Mincey.
Melissa also shared a special thank you to the High Mountain Senior Center for the use of their bus to haul the crosses to the museum. She also thanked Karen Bennett at A.D. Martin Lumber for the deal on lumber and the Bank of Jackson Hole who donated $200 to help offset costs.
Volunteers Dusty, Wyatt & Peyton Peterson, Dana & Bruce Griffis and Katie & Becca Dowd were not in attendance Saturday, but Melissa shared appreciation for their efforts to see this happen. In addition, a thank you to Dan and Cynthia Starks for making the display possible at the museum.
While the cutoff for the Memorial Day display has already passed, it is not too late to sponsor a Hero Service Cross ahead of Veterans Day. To learn more about sponsoring, click here.