Truckers Set To Deliver 1.8 Million Wreaths To Honor U.S. Veterans
The kindness of truckers and the trucking community will be on full display on Saturday, December 15, during Wreaths Across America Day 2018.
Arlington, Virginia – Wreaths Across America (WAA) expects more than 1.8 million wreaths to be placed on the headstones of America’s heroes in more than 1,640 cemeteries nationwide during their upcoming WAA Day this Saturday. The epicenter of the entire patriotic spectacle is Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, where truckers will deliver 68 truckloads of wreaths.
People from all over the U.S. will travel to Arlington to attend the annual event which honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It has become one of the most treasured national days for veterans and proud Americans.
Many of the family members of those who served will solemnly place a wreath on the headstones of the fallen while reverently speaking their name out loud.
However, this remarkable display of love and honor on such a grand scale would not be possible without the generosity of truckers and the trucking community. “It just wouldn’t happen,” Rob Worcester, WAA Transportation & Logistics Coordinator, told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) in a recent interview featured in the latest episode of TNN’s original series show Truckerville.
“The cost of doing this and actually paying to have these wreaths moved would be prohibitive. It just wouldn’t work,” Worcester said. This year WAA tells TNN that approximately 265 trucking companies will be participating and truckers will deliver more than 450 loads of wreaths to cemeteries across the country.
Trucking companies donate tractors, trailers, personnel, logistics expertise, fuel and many hours to help accomplish the mission which WAA says is to remember and honor the fallen, while also teaching future generations the importance of doing the same.
Founder and C.E.O. of Load One, John Elliott, says 2018 marks ten years his company has partnered with and supported WAA. “Honoring and remembering those who sacrificed so much for our country and to protect our freedoms is an honor,” he told TNN.
“Load One and its staff and drivers work to raise money, place wreaths and donate transportation for wreaths to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery and as well in our home state of Michigan. Those wreaths are without a doubt the most sacred loads we transport every year,” Elliott said.
Elliott proudly echoed the sentiments of Rob Worcester, that without truckers, WAA would be stuck in neutral. “Their mission to ‘Remember, Honor and Teach’ would not be possible without the support of the trucking industry.”
See Wreaths Across America Day Like It’s Never Been Seen Before
The newest episode of Truckerville, a TNN original series show, takes viewers behind the scenes of this remarkable event and shows you how trucker power makes all the difference. “Wreaths Across America is indebted to the transportation industry who not only helps move the mission, but does so with the utmost respect and appreciation for our veterans,” Karen Worcester, Executive Director of WAA, told us.
“The Truckerville episode does an excellent job highlighting these patriots and reminds us all why the mission matters,” Worcester said after watching the 15-minute episode entitled “Hauling For Heroes.” You can watch it NOW or ON-DEMAND exclusively on TransportationNation.com or TNN’s Roku channel.
It’s Truckerville! We’re on the scene of a truly one-of-a-kind event to honor U.S. veterans. It’s become a national patriotic spectacle, but it would never happen without the generosity of truckers. We’ll show you how they get it done.
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