Gardnerville Giving in July includes July 4 fun run/walk

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GARDNERVILLE, NV (KOLO) - National nonprofit Wreaths Across America has teamed up with Main Street Gardnerville and the community to remember and honor our nation’s veterans and active duty military throughout the year by celebrating “Giving in July.”

It is during the holidays that our deployed servicemen and women miss home the most, and there are empty seats at family gatherings. And generally, it is during the holidays when conflict and strife are replaced by charity and goodwill toward one another.

“Giving in July” for Wreaths Across America is an idea that reminds us of all our deployed men and women who will not be home for the holidays. Thinking about the holidays during the summer months provides us with the perfect opportunity to encourage others to get involved now with the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach by sharing the stories of hometown heroes and coming together to ensure each person is never forgotten.

Locally, volunteers will be wanting to collect and share the stories of those heroes buried at Gardnerville's Garden Cemetery from families. This will be the first year Garden Cemetery is participating as a location of Wreaths Across America and together with Main Street Gardnerville program and the community to raises funds to honor the of individuals buried each December with the placement of sponsored veterans’ wreaths made of fresh Maine balsam. Main Street Gardnerville will donate a part of each entry fee from the Freedom 5K Fun Run/Walk Thursday, July 4 at Heritage Park. You can sign up for the 5K website here.

“With Giving in July, we want our country’s veterans to be thought of and honored each and every day of the year, not just in December. Our veterans and our current military serve and protect us 365 days a year, providing us with freedoms that we enjoy as citizens every day in this country,” says Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “We look forward to learning the names and stories of the local heroes buried at Garden Cemetery and encourage the community to Remember our veterans, honor their memories and teach their children of the sacrifices made, every day.”

Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization known for its annual National Wreaths Across America Day events each December that draw thousands of volunteers who place live veterans’ wreaths from Maine to locations all over the country and hand place them on headstones of the fallen in memory of America’s veterans. In 2017, more than a million volunteers placed 1.6 million wreaths at more than 1,400 locations across the United States, and overseas. Nearly a quarter of a million veterans’ wreaths were placed by a record-breaking 90,000+ volunteers at Arlington National Cemetery alone in 2017.

To share names and stories of local heroes, use the hashtag #GivingInJuly #GardnervilleHeroes on social media.

Main Street Gardnerville (MSG) is a 501 C3 non-profit organization in Gardnerville. Established in 2008, is proud to be the first Main Street association in Nevada. Advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of traditional commercial districts based on their unique assets. The National Trust Main Street Program offers a revitalization framework that operates around four categories, providing the keys to successfully preserving and revitalizing historic downtown.

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Photo courtesy Main Street Gardnerville
Photo courtesy Main Street Gardnerville
Photo courtesy Wreaths Across America