WOLFEBORO -- Dozens of visitors from across New Hampshire attended a dedication ceremony on Aug. 7 for the Wright Museum's recently expanded Remembrance Garden, which honors the sacrifices of all those who have served.
“It was an emotional ceremony, highlighted by the presentation of three Quilts of Valor to veterans,” said Mike Culver, the museum's executive director. “Two of the vets were Wright docents and a third was a Wright member. I’m not sure there was a dry eye in the house.”
Robyn Masteller, regional vice president of the Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) Wolfeboro office, agreed and said she was honored to speak at the ceremony.
“There is a strong sense of history and reverence that reverberates through the museum and garden,” she said.
The Remembrance Garden was enhanced this summer with new plantings and a state, national and MIA flag, improvements made possible by financial contributions from MVSB.
“We are very fortunate to support the museum and their efforts to expand this space for visitors and locals to enjoy,” Masteller said. “It’s especially significant for us to pay tribute, as MVSB turned 150 this year. As a longstanding member of this community, we feel the garden has the potential to bring this community together, which is why we support it.”
For Culver, such support and involvement by MVSB and others highlights an important aspect of the Wright Museum.
“We are here for Wolfeboro, its residents and visitors,” he said. “This garden is a symbol for all those who have served and anyone who has been touched by any war. ... This public garden is here for all those who want to visit us and simply remember.”
Facing Center Street, the Remembrance Garden is framed by the exterior wall of the museum upon which hundreds of memorial bricks are affixed.
Open to the public, the Remembrance Garden may be visited by anyone at any time.
The Wright Museum of World War II features more than 14,000 items in its collection that are representative of both the home front and battle field.
To learn more, visit wrightmuseum.org.