COLUMBIA FALLS- A symbolic new focal point will help commemorate deceased veterans at a house the will serve as a refuge for military families.
Members of Wreaths Across America installed a new stained-glass window at their History and Hospitality House at noontime on Wednesday.
According to Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America, the window was created and donated by Tennessee couple Ralph and Cheryl Campbell to symbolize Wreaths Across America’s purpose.
“Just as the wreath as a catalyst to teach, this piece will be a catalyst as people come into this museum so that we can tell the stories of those who served that has given us all that we have,” Worcester said.
The Campbells drew inspiration for the stained glass window’s design from one of their previous trips to Maine.
“We were sent a picture that was taken on the tip land of a rainbow that had come up after a storm. It was a gorgeous photograph but I felt it needed a little more so Ralph said, ‘Why don’t we put some stars down where the ground is, where the trees were growing out of,” Cheryl Campbell said.
Originally built in the 1820s, the history and hospitality house is currently being renovated to be a refuge for veterans, Gold Star families and military veterans visiting the area.
Worcester she said the couple gifted the stained glass piece as the kickoff to the history and hospitality house renovations.
“But today to see it actually up in the opening in where it was meant to be, I think I’m on autopilot, really. It’s just spectacular,” Cheryl Campbell said.