As a Gold Star dad, big events geared toward remembering the fallen tend to grab my attention.

Well, this big event rolls on 18 wheels. And it will be making a stop in Missoula on Friday, July 22. Everyone is invited to visit the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit. There is no admission CHARGE

Part of the mission of Wreaths Across America is to acknowledge that, while we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, "our servicemen and women sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year, to preserve our freedoms."

Their goal is to "bring local communities and our military together with education, stories and interactive connections."

The 48-foot mobile exhibit exhibit features a 24-person screening room that shows the various aspects of Wreaths Across America's mission. There are also three interactive computers that answer a lot of questions you may have about locations, truck support,  sponsorships and more.

Remember. Honor. Teach. This is a year-round project with the promise that they will never forget, honoring our veterans teaching the next generation to do the same.

Wreath Across America's visit to Missoula is sponsored by the Bitter Root Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The mobile exhibit will be at the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, located on Gen. Foster Avenue of the Fort Missoula complex. Hours on July 22 will be 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., with a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Ceremony held at 11:00.

If you will indulge for a moment, I'd like to leave you with a quotation that I had never read before, that speaks to me, and undoubtedly many of you:

“To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen… to be forgotten is the worst.”

— Pierre Claeyssens (1909-2003)

14 Destinations to Visit With Direct Flights From Missoula

Here’s a list of places to visit (and things to do while you're there) with nonstop flights out of the Missoula Montana Airport.